No cases of Enterovirus D68—a respiratory illness sweeping the midwest and putting a thousand children in the hospital—have been confirmed in Idaho at this time, according to a news release from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
Idaho Public Health District officials are working with hospitals, public health districts, laboratories and healthcare providers to keep an eye on any possible clusters of the virus that has cropped up in more than a dozen other states. The symptoms are similar to the common cold, and most people have only mild symptoms that keep them out of doctors' offices. But children with underlying health issues like asthma have experienced extreme difficulty breathing and have landed in hospital beds.
Samples of illnesses possibly linked to Enterovirus D68 have been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for testing. The virus spreads much like the common cold, through close contact and by touching contaminated surfaces. IDHW cautions that the best way to avoid the illness is by frequent hand-washing and staying home when sick. There is no vaccine for the virus at this time.