Enterovirus Makes Its Way To Maryland

Closeup of a child's soapy hands being washed under running water in a sink

 

The first case of the enterovirus was confirmed in suburban Maryland on September 25, 2014. It is considered a dangerous virus that has struck more than half the country.

Enterovirus D-68 can appear as a common cold but can turn into a severe respiratory distress. According to the CDC, more than 200 people in over 30 states have tested positive for the enterovirus. The symptoms include fever, runny nose, sneezing and coughing, and in some cases wheezing and trouble breathing. This can be especially dangerous and even deadly for children with asthma.

Doctors say parents should be alert for common colds that seem to turn into wheezing and linger. There is nothing to prevent the enterovirus or a vaccine to treat it.

Keeping sick children home from school, washing hands, and plenty of liquids are the best ways to prevent the spread of the virus.

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