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Enterovirus death reported as outbreak apparently wanes

10/8/2014

USA Today
By Karen Weintraub

An outbreak of enterovirus D68 across the USA appears to be winding down. Fewer cases of severe respiratory symptoms were reported over the past week.

However, the first virus-caused death was reported.

In every measure counted by Flu Near You, an online tracking site run by Boston Children's Hospital and Skoll Global Threats Fund, children's symptoms have declined compared with a peak three weeks ago. Fevers are down, coughs and breathlessness have been cut by more than half, and the number of children going to the doctor with multiple symptoms has fallen from 4.5% to 2%, according to data from associate professor John Brownstein, who is on the team that runs the website.

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