What Is The Mysterious Respiratory Virus?
There is a mysterious respiratory illness that has already affected 1000 kids in 10 states. The disease hasn’t been officially identified but officials suspect a rare respiratory virus called human enterovirus 68. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the virus is related to the rhinovirus, which causes the common cold.
The illness, which has yet to be officially identified, begins with cold-like symptoms then quickly becomes severe, with many experiencing fever, coughing, body and muscle aches, and wheezing. Doctors said they weren’t sure how the virus is spread.
“He was unresponsive. He was laying on the couch. He couldn’t speak to me. He was turning white and his lips turned blue,” said one mother whose son came down with the illness.