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Parent Today: It's not just a cold; EV-D68 a serious threat for some kids

Parent Today logoThe newest edition of Parent Today offers a timely article about Enterovirus D68.
Here's an excerpt:

A new virus sweeping through the Midwest -- and now appearing in the northeast including New York state -- has parents concerned and health officials on alert. The virus, known as Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), has hit children particularly hard, sickening hundreds. EV-D68 is believed to be associated with the common cold, but symptoms can quickly escalate, particularly in children who have pre-existing respiratory conditions such as asthma.

No deaths have been reported, but a number of children have required hospitalization.

First detected in 1962, the virus is relatively rare, and as a result hasn't been studied much.

"The virus likely spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches contaminated surfaces," according to an advisory from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Symptoms are similar to those of a really bad cold, and for most people, the virus will cause mild respiratory illness.

Click here to read the complete story. 

Parent Today is provided free of charge to families in Marcellus Central School District. Subscribers must have Internet access and an email address to receive Parent Today. Families can sign up at the Parent Today website by clicking on the Parent Today icon at the bottom of the homepage on the district website, www.marcellusschools.org. (The district's five-digit ID is 13108.)

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