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CDC officials confirm 4 cases of enterovirus in WV

9/22/2014

Charleston Daily Mail
By Samuel Speciale

The enterovirus plaguing 22 states throughout the Midwest has entered West Virginia with four confirmed cases in Greenbrier, Wirt and Wood counties, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said Monday.

The virus, named Enterovirus EV-D68, is an uncommon strain of the common cold and causes respiratory inflammation, fever, runny nose, sneezing and coughing as well as muscle and body aches. It is especially severe for those with asthma or a history of wheezing. It mostly affects children under the age of 5, but older children and teenagers can catch it as well.

While enteroviruses are common, with 10 to 15 million infections occurring each year, this strain has hardly been seen until recently — there have been fewer than 100 reported cases in the past 50 years.

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