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No reports in W.Va. of respiratory disease affecting Midwest

9/9/2014

Charleston Daily Mail
By Samuel Speciale

Hundreds of children in more than 10 states, including Ohio and Kentucky, have been hospitalized by a severe respiratory illness many health officials fear could spread further.

The virus, only known as enterovirus 68, is a common strain of the family of viruses that cause normal summer colds, but health officials are alarmed by the number of severe cases.

Others are concerned with how quickly it has spread through the Midwest. One Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official said the breakout could be “just the tip of the iceberg.”

While it is believed that the virus has not crossed the Ohio-West Virginia boarder, Dr. Rahul Gupta, director of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, urges parents to be alert without panicking.

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