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Health Dept. Confirms NYC Cases of Enterovirus-D68

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A virus causing respiratory illness in children across more than 15 states has made its way to the city.

State Health officials confirm more than a dozen children have come down with Enterovirus-D68, including some from New York City.

The disease has affected more than 100 kids around the nation and can sometimes result in hospitalization, especially in children with asthma.

Symptoms include fever, sneezing, coughing and aching.

There is no vaccine for the virus, but the symptoms can be treated.

Doctors NY1 spoke to said it's important to be aware of the virus, but it's not cause for major concern.

"I don't think people need to panic or be more concerned about this than any other virus,"
said Dr. Matthew Weissman, CMO of Community Healthcare Network.

"It's mostly supportive care, fluids, Tylenol for fever or Advil as needed, but mostly, it's the kind of a virus that runs its course in a rapid fashion, anywhere from 2 to 3 days up to 5 days with cough and sniffles. Most patients don't require hospital care," said Dr. Robert Glatter of Lenox Hill Hospital.

The DOH is advising people to wash their hands thoroughly, avoid touching their faces if their hands are unwashed, avoid close contact with those confirmed to have the disease and keep surfaces around the house disinfected.

More samples are on their way to the state Department of Health for testing.

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