SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) – It’s the latest case of a child who has died while suffering from Enterovirus. Madeline Reid, a toddler from Michigan, died on Friday when her heart stopped after battling Enterovirus D68.
Madeline is one of six children who have died after becoming infected with the virus. One Massachusetts resident told 22News, it’s especially scary, since children are the primarily the victims.
“It’s airborne but also that the children are so young, and you think that it’s just a kid getting sick normally, they wake up and they’re not feeling well. What you might mistake for a common cold can be very deadly in a child,” Anna Matos-Mournighan of Rutland told 22News.
Nearly 700 people have been infected in the United States. Doctors say it’s likely many more are sick, but with minor coughing and sneezing that looks like the common cold.