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Prevent Your Child From Getting Enterovirus D68.

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Enterovirus D68 is spreading across the nation with potential cases in the state of Washington. Enterovirus D68 is spreading across the nation with potential cases in the state of Washington.
KENNEWICK, WA- Enterovirus D68 continues to spread across the nation, but there are ways to protect children.

More than a dozen children from across the state that have been taken to the hospital with the possibility of having Enterovirus D68.  None of the cases in the state of Washington have been confirmed to be the D68 Virus, but more testing will confirm that in the days to come. 

The virus has already spread to twelve states and it only seems to be rising.  The symptoms are similar to that of the flu or the common cold, but it also affects a child's respiratory system.  Children with asthma have a higher risk.

Heather Hill with the Benton-Franklin Health Department said there is a way to prevent your child from catching the virus.

“How to prevent from catching this is going to be the same thing with this as we tell people to prevent against the influenza. You must wash your hands,” said Hill.

She said sanitizing toys and other items that are commonly touched is also a way to prevent the virus from spreading.  The virus is a droplet-born infection and that touching the nose, eyes, or mouth can spread it to kids.

The symptoms are the same as the flu, which include fever, chills, body aches, and a possible rash, but this virus also affects a child's breathing, meaning there could be signs of wheezing or shortness of breath.  There is currently no cure for this virus.

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