Officials at the Madison County Health Department say parents should be vigilant, but not panicked, about a rare respiratory virus.  School just started, so they aren’t seeing a lot of absentee reports just yet.  The St. Louis City Health Department notified Madison County to be on the lookout for Enterovirus 68 a few weeks ago.


There are no hard numbers at this point  - only anecdotal evidence that the virus may be heading this way.  The Health Department’s Director of Nursing Debbie Knoll says this strain is affecting mostly children, but adults are susceptible too.


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You should also disinfect surfaces that are touched often, and stay away from others if you are sick.  Symptoms can mimic the flu: a fever, runny nose, coughing, and body aches.  But it is also causing severe respiratory problems in some cases.


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