Serious respiratory virus confirmed in 39 kids in NYS

ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) - The New York State Department of Health has confirmed cases of a serious respiratory virus in the state.

The enterovirus, called EV-D68, has been confirmed in 39 children in New York.

The virus can cause "mild to severe respiratory illness, or no symptoms at all," according to health officials.

Symptoms include the following:

  • wheezing and difficult breathing
  • runny nose
  • sneezing
  • coughing
  • body aches
  • muscle aches

The virus, in rare cases, can cause acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), which causes weakness in the arms or legs.

Doctors at Oishei Children's Hospital are currently monitoring a suspected case of AFM.

More information on that can be found here.

"Enteroviruses are transmitted through close contact with an infected person, or by touching objects or surfaces contaminated with the virus and then touching the mouth, nose or eyes," the state health department wrote.

Here are some ways to help protect yourself against viruses, courtesy of the department:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid kissing, hugging and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick
  • Use the same precautions you would use to prevent the spread of influenza

MORE | Learn more about EVD-68 here.

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