Yakima Kids Awaiting Test Results for Possible Enterovirus
Children in our area could be at risk for a severe respiratory illness known at Enterovirus D68.
Three children in Yakima were sent to Seattle Children’s Hospital last week and are still awaiting test results.
The only lab in the country testing for EV-D68 is in Atlanta, Georgia.
Right now, that lab is swamped with samples coming in from all over the country, but we expect test results for our local children to come in on Wednesday or Thursday.
According to Center for Disease Control, the virus is one of many non-polio enteroviruses.
It was first identified in California in 1962, but it has not been commonly reported in the U.S.
It popped back up in recent weeks with a total of 104 people in 10 states confirmed having the disease.
Possibily having made its way to the Northwest, several children from Yakima, Wenatchee, Snohomish County and Montana have reported symptoms linked to the disease.
The CDC’s website shows that symtoms to look out for include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches.
The disease causes mild to severe respiratory illness.
Most of the children who got very ill with EV-D68 infection in Missouri and Illinois had difficulty breathing, and some had wheezing.
Many of these children had asthma or a history of wheezing.
The CDC recommends washing your hands often and not sharing cups or utensils with people who are sick.
There is no vaccine for the disease and no official treatment.