Yale-New Haven Hospital Location Of First Case Of Enterovirus In Connecticut

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NEW HAVEN -- Doctors at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital say Connecticut's first confirmed case of Enterovirus D68 was admitted last week.

"Other hospitals, including us, have sent testing on other children to the CDC to be tested for suspected cases but this is so far the only confirmed case at this time," said Dr. Paul Aronson of Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the child had Enterovirus.

The child, who was initially hospitalized, has improved and been discharged.

"They were admitted to the Children's hospital here at Yale-New Haven for just a very short time period and discharged the next day which speaks to the fact that most children with this disease will have mild or non-severe illness," said Dr. Aronson.

The Connecticut Department of Public Health reports that since this case has been confirmed, as have cases in New York and New Jersey, it is likely that the virus has already spread across the state and that other suspected cases in Connecticut will be confirmed.

The commissioner of the DPH, Dr. Jewel Mullen, is telling parents and health care providers to watch out for the symptoms of the respiratory virus. Symptoms include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough and body aches. Children with more serious cases have developed difficulty breathing and wheezing.

Children who have asthma are more susceptible to the virus.

"If your child is sick with a cold and having difficulty breathing, or their symptoms are getting worse, then contact your health care provider right away," said Commissioner Mullen. “If your child has asthma, make sure to follow the care plan your health care provider has already outlined.”

Health care professionals recommend washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, avoiding touching one's face, avoiding sharing cups with those who are sick and frequently disinfecting toys and doorknobs. The virus is spread through close contact with an infected person or by touching surfaces that are contaminated with the virus.

Local health departments are keeping a close watch on increases of respiratory illnesses in hospitals across the state.

Four other Connecticut hospitals are in the process of sending lab specimens from patients with respiratory illnesses to the CDC for testing.

There are other respiratory illness-related viruses circulating in the U.S. at this time of year, so not all clusters of respiratory illnesses are necessarily related to Enterovirus. The number of cases is expected to subside later in the fall.

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4 comments

  • Joe Phillips

    There is a viral epidemic out there trying to kill children. All you republicans who got suckered into fearing national heath care need to think about what happens in an epidemic when poor people can’t go to the doctor. It spreads to people that can. Basic lesson. Republicans are wrong, we are not a bunch of individuals. We are social beings, and we are all dependent on each other.

    • Bob

      Had the same thought. Thank God these folks had health insurance to take their kids to the hospital or they would have died. Sadly- that is Exactly what the Republicans want- they do not care how many children their actions kill. Sadly these folks continually scream they are “morally superior Christians”. Fact is the republicans promote bigotry, hate, war, torture, murder, and even rape. Seems like the preach what the devils teaches.

  • Bob

    Didn’t mean to leave out FOX- they are the leaders in hate. They love nothing more than to promote violence and bigotry, war and torture, etc.

    If anyone at FOX is an actual Christian than Charles Manson is the Pope.

  • Reality check

    Only odd political fanatics who need to get a life, can turn a mundane news story on EV-D68 into broad political attacks on Republicans, Christians, Fox News, and those wanting choice in healthcare, not government regulations.