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
  • Wheezing
  • Lethargy
  • 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.


Welcome to a new year!

10:01 am


Hard to believe, but we’re already at the beginning of a new school year!  I believe that class lists were posted today for students and parents.  I’ve been looking over the list on Power School and am excited to get to know everyone that has been assigned to my class.  I’ve spent the summer preparing lessons and activities, and am looking forward to sharing them with you.

We have two new fifth grade teachers this year, Mrs. Hutchins and Mrs. Berry.  I’m looking forward to working with them.  Once school starts, we will discuss who will be teaching each of the reading and math intervention classes.  I will also update you on any changes that are being made by Mr. Howard and the district.

I’m looking forward to a great year.  I hope you are too!