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CDC official: Virus hitting Midwest could be 'tip of iceberg', reports Michael Martinez, John Newsome, and Elizabeth Cohen, of CNN. Hundreds of children have been hospitalized because of an outbreak of a rare respiratory enterovirus in what Mark Pallansch, a virologist at the Centers of Disease Control, says may be "just the tip of the iceberg in terms of severe cases."
“EV-D68 is rare with only about 100 cases reported since it was discovered in the 1960s.”
Cases are suspected in Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Kentucky.
“Parents are shocked that within just hours of exhibiting cold symptoms, their children are left gasping for air and placed on a ventilator in the ICU.”
There is no specific treatment for EV-D68 infections; specifically there are no anti-viral medications currently available for this purpose. Many infections will be mild and self-limited, requiring only symptomatic treatment. Some people with severe respiratory illness caused by EV-D68 may need to be hospitalized and receive intensive supportive therapy
originally posted by: OpinionatedB
a reply to: trontech
What gets me, is that asthma is now so much more common now than it ever has been in the past. THAT right there is the underlying problem, in my point of view. What has caused the incidence of asthma to increase, has also resulted in an increase of severity to respiratory illness in general - due to the increase of asthmatic patients.