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Monday, September 8, 2014

BREAKING: Mysterious Respiratory Illness Spreading Across the Midwest

News sources all across the tri-state are reporting a serious respiratory illness, enterovirus-68 (EV-D68), has hit Ohio, Kentucky, and several surrounding states.

Initial reports filed by ABC News and CNN indicate 10 states have reported cases of the illness, which, at first, appears to be a cold, until symptoms become severe, often leading to hospitalization. The illness has hit over 1,000 children so far.

According to WCPO's report, no confirmed cases have been found yet in southwest Ohio or Northern Kentucky, "but local medical officials are remaining vigilant."

While doctors are still not exactly sure how the virus spreads, it seems to be more common in the late summer months, and children are especially vulnerable, given the developmental stages of their immune systems as well as constant exposure to other children in school.

Hitting primarily the Midwest so far, other states with confirmed cases include:
  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Colorado
  • Oklahoma
  • North Carolina
  • Georgia
The closest confirmed case to the Cincinnati/NKY area so far is in Columbus, Ohio, according to the report.

Doctors say the best way to prevent the spread of EV-D68 is the old fashioned way: washing your hands.

Here's WCPO's full report, including video footage.

- Staff report

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