A respiratory virus that affects children has been found in eastern Idaho.
Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center officials said Wednesday that the hospital treating four children who have contracted an enterovirus, which has more than 100 known strains.
The hospital said it hasn’t confirmed which strain the children have without further testing, but the children’s symptoms are consistent with Enterovirus D68, also known as EV-D68.
All four children were hospitalized because they were experiencing more serious enterovirus symptoms, the hospital said.
These symptoms may include the following:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Rapid breathing
- Mild fever (sometimes no fever)
- Runny nose, sneezing, cough
- Skin rash
- Body and muscle aches
- Mouth blisters
EIRMC pediatric specialists are advising parents to closely monitor children who have been exposed to this virus or have mild symptoms, even though they might not appear to be sick.
The hospital said parents and caregivers should call their doctor immediately or go to the emergency room if a child is wheezing, has shortness of breath or has a feeling of “not getting enough air.”
In an interview Tuesday, Jeff Deorr, an epidemiologist with Southeastern Idaho Public Health, said the virus spreads as quickly as the common cold.