A Rare Respiratory Illness Is Spreading In The United States: Here's How You Can Stay Well

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A dangerous virus is infecting children across the United States. According to a report by ABC News, at least ten states--Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Iowa, Colorado, Ohio, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Georgia--have reported outbreaks of an acute respiratory illness suspected to be Enterovirus 68, a rare virus related to the common cold.

ABC further reports that over 900 patients with symptoms of the illness were seen between August 18th and September 4th at Children's Hospital in Denver. A Kansas City Fox News affiliate reported a similar outbreak in Kansas City, where one hospital reported seeing up to 30 children a day.

The virus starts off with cold-like symptoms, but can develop into a serious respiratory infection. Anyone exhibiting the signs of a cold along with wheezing or trouble breathing should seek medical attention. So far, young children and those with pre-existing respiratory problems like asthma are most at risk, with some requiring hospitalization for up to 7 days.

The CDC recommends the following precautions be taken to avoid infection:

•Washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after using the toilet and changing diapers,
•Avoiding close contact, such as touching and shaking hands, with people who are sick, and
•Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.

At this time, there is no vaccine.

H/T: The Blaze. Screengrab for cover photo from ABC News.

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