More Than 1,000 Children Infected with Human Enterovirus 68

girl sleepingWithin the last month a mysterious respiratory illness targeting children has sprouted up within 10 states and is expected to spread across the United States. Doctors believe the mysterious virus is the Human Enterovirus 68 (HEV68) a rare respiratory virus that is similar to the human rhinovirus. Children are experiencing cold like symptoms of coughing, sneezing, and runny noses that quickly worsen within a 24-hour period. This respiratory virus is more potent than the average cold, causing non-asthma children to suddenly start wheezing and those with asthma to require hospitalization. Continue reading