Nebraska becomes the latest state to confirm a case of enterovirus.
Health officials are on heightened alert now that a rare respiratory virus has made its way into Nebraska’s panhandle.
The state is now among 18 with 153 confirmed cases of Enterovirus D-68 after a resident in the Panhandle was confirmed as infected on September 17.
The rare strain has been around since the early 60’s but hardly ever reported in the United States during the past 40 years, according to Panhandle Public Health District. Children in Colorado have been hospitalized with the condition, but Wyoming has not confirmed a case as of Thursday.
Infants, children and teens are most likely to contract the virus according to PPHD because their immune systems don’t have previous exposure to general enteroviruses. Symptoms are as light as a simple cold but can become more extreme and include wheezing and difficulty breathing.
Protect yourself by washing your hands regularly, avoiding close human contact with people who are sick, cleaning surfaces and staying home when you feel ill.
By Dave Collins, KSID