Child respiratory illness may cause paralysis in some cases

WISCONSIN (WKBT) — Doctors are not sounding the alarm, but they want parents to be aware of a rise in cases of a respiratory illness.

It’s called enterovirus D68 and in some cases can cause paralysis in kids.

Cases began to rise this summer.

Doctors say the virus typically comes in two-year waves and the best way to stay protected and to keep cases low is to take typical preventative measures.

“The bottom line is we wash our hands, we do our best to keep good hygiene, we get vaccines on time,” said Dr. Dennis Costakos, a neonatologist at Mayo Clinic Health System.

Symptoms of the virus act like a typical cold.

You should see a doctor if you or your child have trouble breathing or experience limb, back, and neck pain.

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