Respiratory illness confirmed in Arkansas - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Respiratory illness confirmed in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) -

The Arkansas Department of Health reported Monday that the state has confirmed its first case of enterovirus, which has started to spread throughout other states, including Missouri.

According to a news release from ADH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first case of EV-D68, which is a respiratory illness.

Children are most susceptible to the virus and parents are urged to help prevent the spread. Parents are urged to encourage their children to wash their hands, cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing and avoid sharing food of drinks.

“EV-D68 is one of many enteroviruses that are common in the United States and typically circulate during this time of the year,” the release stated.

“The current strain of EV-D68 is causing more illness than expected, which is drawing the attention of health care providers. However, the enterovirus season typically dissipates about now,” said Dr. Gary Wheeler, Medical Director of Infectious Disease at ADH. “If a child has a cold or cough, parents and caregivers should keep a close watch to make sure the child's cold or cough runs its normal course. If the child starts wheezing or having asthma-like symptoms, they should be taken to their doctor as soon as possible.”

It's not known how many cases of EV-D68 are in Arkansas because health care providers are not required to report the illness.

You can read more at the following links.

http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/EV68-infographic.pdf

www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/ev68/

Copyright 2014 KAIT. All rights reserved.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Names and new details released in Jackson County homicide

    Names and new details released in Jackson County homicide

    Saturday, November 18 2017 11:58 PM EST2017-11-19 04:58:03 GMT
    Sunday, November 19 2017 1:38 PM EST2017-11-19 18:38:47 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    According to Jackson County Sheriff's Captain Ricky Morales, 40-year-old Rickey D. Crawford Jr., of Tuckerman, was arrested in relation to the death of 33-year-old Amanda Michelle Crawford.

    According to Jackson County Sheriff's Captain Ricky Morales, 40-year-old Rickey D. Crawford Jr., of Tuckerman, was arrested in relation to the death of 33-year-old Amanda Michelle Crawford.

  • Jonesboro police investigate shooting in downtown Jonesboro

    Jonesboro police investigate shooting in downtown Jonesboro

    Sunday, November 19 2017 1:24 PM EST2017-11-19 18:24:57 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    The Jonesboro Police Department is investigating a shooting that happened Sunday morning in downtown Jonesboro.

    The Jonesboro Police Department is investigating a shooting that happened Sunday morning in downtown Jonesboro.

  • Arkansas hospitals: Shortage of IV equipment due to storm

    Arkansas hospitals: Shortage of IV equipment due to storm

    Sunday, November 19 2017 1:04 PM EST2017-11-19 18:04:26 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    Arkansas hospitals say a national shortage of IVs is the worst they've ever seen since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in September and knocked out a key plant that manufactures the medical equipment

    Arkansas hospitals say a national shortage of IVs is the worst they've ever seen since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in September and knocked out a key plant that manufactures the medical equipment

Powered by Frankly