JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Center for Disease Control has confirmed the first case of the Enterovirus D68 in Arkansas. The virus is spreading across the country and has been confirmed in Missouri along with seeing virus like symptoms in Illinois, Georgia, and Colorado.
Dr. Shane Speights said the symptoms for this virus are very similar to common cold symptoms. He explained coughing, congestion, runny nose, body aches, and fever are all signs of this virus.
Those at the highest risk of infection are infants, small children, and individuals who already have respiratory issues such as asthma.
Dr. Speights said, "When they start wheezing, they start having trouble breathing, those are the times you don't play around."
Jonesboro High School is taking precautions to protect their students. Leigh Anne Rainey, Jonesboro High School principal, said the nurses are paying extra attention to the students. There is also Germ-X placed all over the school.
Rainey added that as a mother she pays close attention to her children's cough and fever. She said, "You can tell when it's a deeper cough, when it is prolonged, when it is waking them up at night." That is when, she said, it is time to go to the doctor.
Rainey and Dr. Speights agree this virus is not to be taken lightly and the best thing you can do for your kids is to encourage them to wash their hands and keep surface areas disinfected.