Local doctor on enterovirus: Remain calm

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CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital is now among local facilities sending a suspected case of EV-D68 to the CDC for testing.

On Fox 8 News in the Morning Wednesday, Dr. Giovanni Piedimonte, pediatric pulmonologist and chair, said his hospital saw what it believes is its first case Tuesday night.

MetroHealth Medical Center and UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital said they’ve already sent samples to the CDC.

The enterovirus is a respiratory illness that has been around for decades.  This year, however, hundreds of children across the country have been hospitalized by it.

It's affecting infants through adolescents.

The virus usually starts out like the common cold with symptoms such as sneezing, a runny nose and a cough.

Some patients will get a severe cough, have difficulty breathing and/or develop a rash. EV-D68 is sometimes also accompanied by a fever or wheezing.

Here's more of what parents need to know.

Piedimonte said the virus gets into the respiratory system very quickly but there is no medication for EV-D68, nor is there a vaccine.

When children experience the symptoms they should see a doctor who can provide oxygen if necessary.

Piedimonte also advised parents to "remain calm."

Once the child is stabilized the virus usually goes away in a few days.

Click here for more on the respiratory virus outbreak.



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