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Local experts warn Louisianians of virus

2 years 8 months 2 weeks ago September 10, 2014 Sep 10, 2014 Wednesday, September 10 2014 September 10, 2014 5:49 PM in Health
Source: WBRZ
By: Jessica LeBlanc

BATON ROUGE - State experts said Wednesday that even though a respiratory virus that's hit other states hard hasn't appeared in Louisiana yet, people should still be on the look out.

The Enterovirus D68 has hit 12 states already and some fear Louisiana will be next. Doctors have some tips for people to make sure they don't fall victim to the sickness.

"Scrubbing in between {fingers} and getting a good rinse after. The other thing is wiping off any surfaces {daily} that kids might touch... or any compromised folks may touch. And especially daycare settings, physician's offices, schools and even at home," said Dr. Brian Despinasse, a pediatrician in Baton Rouge.

The illness causes respiratory issues that can range from mild to severe. Health officials said enteroviruses normally pop up around September each year, acting like a summer cold.

According to The Center for Disease Control there is currently no vaccine for the enterovirus.

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