While the nation and the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex have been gripped in fear over the second US case of the deadly Ebola virus in Dallas, an even bigger threat has hit Texas — Enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68), the respiratory killer that strikes children. Of the 691 cases of EV-D68 confirmed from by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now in 46 states and the District of Columbia, 14 of these cases are in Texas.
On October 9, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) confirmed that the children with EV-D68 were residents of Anderson, Bexar, Dallas (7), Denton, and Lubbock (4) Counties. One additional confirmed case was in a resident of another state.
EV-D68 is one of the more than 100 non-polio enteroviruses, first identified in California in 1962, according to the CDC; yet, 28 patients in seven states are experiencing non-characteristic paralysis…
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