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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 4:18 pm 
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Although it is likely that EV-D68 is in all lower 48 states, the latest media report is for New York.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 4:20 pm 
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Two Onondaga County children sick with virus sweeping through Midwest
James T. Mulder | jmulder@syracuse.com By James T. Mulder | jmulder@syracuse.com
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on September 12, 2014 at 3:14 PM, updated September 12, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Syracuse, N.Y. -- Two young children in Onondaga County have enterovirus D68, the same respiratory virus that has been sickening hundreds of children in the Midwest.

Dr. Quoc Nguyen, the Onondaga County Health Department's medical director, said both children were hospitalized. One child has been released and the other is still hospitalized.

The county health department is working closely with the state Health Department to monitor the current EV- D68 situation locally.

"Enteroviruses infections are common in the summer and fall months," Dr. Nguyen said. "Most people infected with EV-D68 do not have symptoms or have mild flu-like symptoms. However, infants, children, and teenagers are most likely to get infected with enteroviruses and may become sick, especially those individuals with a history of asthma or wheezing."

Symptoms of enterovirus illness can include fever, runny nose, sneezing, coughing and body aches. The full range of symptoms is not well known. Parents and caregivers should have their children remain home if they are ill with respiratory illness until they are free of symptoms for 24 hours to lessen spreading of the illness. If a child is ill with respiratory difficulty, seek medical care immediately.

There is no specific treatment for the virus. Many infections will be mild and often go away after a few days, and only require symptomatic treatment. However, some people with severe respiratory symptoms may need to be hospitalized for more advanced therapy, the health department said.

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/ ... dwest.html

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