What You Need to Know About the Enterovirus Outbreak

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Typically, a common cold is nothing to be alarmed by, especially around winter when colds are as common as bowls of chili and cornbread served at dinnertime.

However, recently, across the Midwest and beyond, a respiratory virus has sent hundreds of children to hospitals in Missouri, causing great concern to area residents.

So what’s the bug that’s been causing all of this alarm? It’s called Enterovirus EV-D68 – and even though its name may not sound very common, many of its symptoms are, signs including coughing, difficulty breathing and in some cases a rash.

Not only are the symptoms common, but their occurrences are as well, more than 100 types of enteroviruses causing about 10 to 15 million infections in the United States each year, according to the CDC.

So how serious is this concern and what steps can you take to prevent contracting the virus? Dr. Russell Steele, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Ochsner Hospital for Children, explains Enterovirus EV-D68 further and what parents can do to help protect their children.

Click here to watch his interview on WVUE-TV Fox 8 in New Orleans.

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