Germs go back to school

fluA rare respiratory illness causing virus has affected 82 people in the middle of the country, most of them children according to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC). Hospitals in Missouri and Illinois are seeing more children with the
virus than are typical for this time of year, which has promoted the CDC’s attention.

“In general, infants, children, and teenagers are most likely to get infected with enteroviruses and become ill. That’s because they do not yet have immunity (protection) from previous exposures to these viruses. We believe this is also true for EV-D68,” said a CDC report, which added that children with asthma are even more at risk.

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