Children across the country being hospitalized with the ‘open border flu’

Monday, September 15, 2014
By Paul Martin
September 15, 2014

The rarely-seen Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), which has been sending children to emergency rooms in several mid-western states, has now made its way to the East Coast, as confirmed cases in Connecticut and New York have been reported in the last few days. Though the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has yet to make it official, several other states along the eastern seaboard are reporting outbreaks of the virus as well.

EV-D68, which was first identified in California in 1962, can cause mild flu-like symptoms with a runny nose, fever and body aches. However, it can also send its victims into severe respiratory distress, as has been seen in New York, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky and Missouri, according to the CDC.

Perhaps, because the presentation of this virus is so unusual in this country, there is no vaccination against it, and the only treatment is IV fluids, over-the-counter medications for fever, and oxygen therapy.

All of those infected are children, under the age of 16. The current, expanding outbreak began in mid-August…the same time children were registering for school and actually starting classes in many states.

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