10 states report outbreak of respiratory illness in kids


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10 states report outbreak of respiratory illness in kids

Officials in 10 states are reporting cases of respiratory illness, some severe enough to send children to hospitals. In Kansas City, Mo., more than 300 cases of respiratory illnesses were reported last month, according to the state Department of Health and Senior Services. About 15% of the illnesses resulted in children being placed in an intensive care unit, according to a health alert issued Aug. 29. Ten states have contacted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for help in investigating enterovirus — Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Kentucky, according to WXIA-TV. Enteroviruses, with symptoms similar to an intense cold, hits its peak in September, according to medical officials.

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