Two kids treated in BR for virus
BATON ROUGE - Health officials in Louisiana said two children are being treated in Baton Rouge after they contracted a respiratory illness caused by a recent strain of enterovirus.
The CDC said from mid-August to Sept. 16 a total of 130 people from 12 states were confirmed to have a respiratory illness caused by EV-D68. Those states are Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania.
Louisiana health officials confirmed that tests on samples taken from two children being treated at Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center came back positive for EV-D68. Due to privacy laws, the ages and hometowns of those children cannot be released. They said these are the only confirmed cases of the enterovirus in the state.
Health experts said more confirmations across the U. S. are expected because samples from several states are still being tested, and it can take time get lab results back from those tests.
The CDC noted that this is the time of year enteroviruses normally hit, and more infections are predicted. Doctors say the enterovirus acts like a summer cold, and the best way to prevent it is thoroughly cleaning hands and any surfaces children may touch on a daily basis, such as desks and countertops.
"EV-D68 is more likely to severely sicken infants and teens," said Dr. Michael Bolton, pediatric infectious disease specialist at Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital. "But a vast majority of those infected will feel like they have a mild cold, if they have any noticeable symptoms at all. The most important warning sign for parents to pick up on is any difficulty breathing in your kids."
Health experts say most people recover from enteroviruses without treatment.