Multiple sources are confirming that a new mystery respiratory illness is affecting children across the United States.
According to an article published this evening by BuzzFeed: “More than a thousand children in at least 10 states have been sickened by a rare and serious respiratory illness that has sent many to hospitals seeking treatment, health officials and local doctors say.
Children’s Hospital Colorado in Denver has treated more than 900 children with the illness since Aug. 18, and admitted 86 to the hospital, officials told the Denver Post. “We’ve been seeing a very high volume in our ER, ICU and among hospitalized patients. The hospital is very, very full,” Dr. Christine Nyquist, a pediatric infectious disease physician, told the Post. “Kids are getting [the virus] and having asthma complications.”
At nearby Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, the facility has treated five children in the intensive care unit and 20 others in pediatric rooms. “This is the worst I’ve seen in my time here at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children,” Dr. Meyeppan told KUSA-TV. “We’re going to have a pretty busy winter at this institution and throughout the hospitals of Denver.”
The disease, 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 disease is spread.
At least 10 states across the U.S. have contacted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate the illnesses, including Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Iowa, Colorado, Ohio, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Georgia, Mark Pallansch, director of the Division of Viral Diseases at the CDC, told ABC News.
In Missouri, about 450 children have been treated at Kansas City’s Children’s Mercy Hospital, with about 60 admitted to the intensive care unit, spokesman Jake Jacobson told CNN.”
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