Dr. Kurt Sobush, a Pediatric Pulmonologist at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children`s Medical Center says they have seen a marked increase in respiratory illness. Parents of children with asthma should make extra-sure that the children are taking medications and the asthma is well controlled. There is no vaccine or specific treatment for EV-68. Symptoms begin like a cold virus with runny nose, coughing, and congestion, but some children quickly develop wheezing and breathing difficulties.
More than half of the hospitalized children, ranging in age from 6 months to 16 years, have asthma or a history of wheezing. No deaths have been associated with the infection.
As of last Thursday, the CDC had confirmed 84 cases of the virus through lab tests in six states: Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, and Missouri.