Start of a Zombie Apocalypse? Rare Virus Spreads Across U.S.

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Start of a Zombie Apocalypse? New virus is spreading across the United States

Hundreds of kids are getting sick as a rare respiratory virus sweeps across the United States. In a matter of a fe months, hundreds of kids across America have been admitted to the hospital with breathing problems. According to reports, the CDC believes that it is a rare virus, Enterovirus D68, that causes asthma-like symptoms.

The Washington Post reports that more than 900 children with respiratory problems between August 8th and September 4th.

According to news reports, Missouri, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio and Oklahoma have sent samples to the Centers for Disease Control for identification. Hospitals usually aren’t able to perform testing required to identify specific types of enteroviruses on their own.

A virologist for the CDC reports that the outbreak could be the “tip of the iceberg in terms of severe cases.” CNN reports that young children are most vulnerable, the virus can be dangerous for children with asthma and there have been several reports of kids turning blue from being unable to breathe.

Could this virus be the start of the zombie apocalypse? Most likely not, but it is something that all parents and kids should be concerned.

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