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Enterovirus: 5 Facts All Parents Need to Know

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Children all over this country are getting sick from enterovirus. It's hitting children with respiratory illnesses especially hard.

It is nothing new that children get upper respiratory infections, but the strength with which this is affecting children is disturbing.

As of October 1, 2014 it has been confirmed that 500 children in 42 states have respiratory illnesses caused by enterovirus.

Here are the facts surrounding enterovirus that parents need to know.

1) History of enterovirus

Enterovirus, or EV-D68, is not new. It was identified in the United States back in 1962 but then laid dormant for over 30 years. Then starting in 2008, small clusters of cases started popping up.

Ranging from four to 30 cases, each outbreak seemed to be contained and none of them had the vengeance of the 2014 outbreak of enterovirus.

2) Who is at risk?

Mary Anne Jackson, the director of infectious diseases at Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics said that the hospital has seen hundreds of children hospitalized with enterovirus in hard-hit Kansas City, Missouri. She told US News and World Report that school-aged children from 4-12 years old are most at risk for contracting this disease.

“We saw our peak right after school started. It’s a good opportunity for viruses to be passed to one another,” Jackson said. “It took about two weeks to ramp up, three weeks to peak out, and now we seem to be on the downward trend.”

3) Symptoms

Enterovirus symptoms can mimic those of a common cold. They can include sore throat, runny nose, congestion and a cough. Generally, this virus does not cause a high fever, nor is it associated with pneumonia or sinus infections. These symptoms can last 7-10 days and are the worst between Day three and Day five of the illness.

The one thing that differentiates enterovirus from other respiratory infections is that it causes difficulty breathing, which takes a greater toll on children who have asthma and other respiratory challenges.

4) Prevention

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EmpowHER Guest

Let’s see how well the democrats do on Nov. 4th when the word gets out the EV-D68 virus was brought to their children complements of the Obama administration. So far government controlled media outlets have been very good at keeping details of this epidemic under wraps. They keep mentioning how the enterovirus is a common virus, what they fail to mention is that enterovirus D68 use to be a RARE occurrence, that is until they started shipping illegals from our southern border all over the United States.

In time the lid will BLOW off this cover up and everyone who can add 2+2 will surmise that the initial break out of this virus coincided exactly with the city/states where the surge of illegal aliens were releases over the summer.

If you google the following sentence "MAP: Where feds are trying to relocate
illegal border surgers" You can see how the initial out break the media reported lines up almost exactly with where the Government shipped all the illegals from last summer. Alas there will be no investigative report as the media lapdogs will print what they're told to report by or government and we will continue to hear how COMMON the Enterovisus is and that by the time they do start investigating all the information or leads will be like the hard drives at the IRS. No information available due to hard drive crashes.

October 3, 2014 - 12:07am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

please get off your crazy horse. k thanks. time for a little vacation to the real world.

October 3, 2014 - 12:32am
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