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Virus hospitalizes hundreds of kids in Midwest and South

9/8/2014

The Washington Post
By Sarah Kaplan

​Preston Sheldon’s mother said he seemed fine when she took him to preschool on Tuesday. Minutes later, according to News Channel 4, the Kansas City mom got a call that her 3-year-old was having trouble breathing.

“You could see his ribs and his stomach was pushing out really hard. I thought it was an asthma attack,” Pam Sheldon told the station.

Jennifer Cornejo of Lone Tree in Colorado told News7 in Denver her 13-year-old son William had cold symptoms that developed overnight into a life-threatening respiratory illness. “He was in really bad shape,” she said. “He came really close to death. He was unconscious at our house and white as a ghost with blue lips — he just passed out.”

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