18 patients in Monmouth have symtoms of enterovirus
Eighteen patients have visited Monmouth County medical facilities with symptoms similar to the respiratory illness known as enterovirus, a viral infection that has spread to at least 22 states, including New Jersey
The Asbury Park Press reported Tuesday that "the 2- to 15-year-old children went to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch and CentraState Medical Center in Freehold Township, Meddis said Tuesday. Most of them went to Jersey Shore." Health officials have not confirmed that any of the 18 cases are, in fact, enterovirus.
New Jersey had its first case of the potentially dangerous respiratory illness known as enterovirus D68 last week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that a New Jersey child, who was treated at a Philadelphia hospital, tested positively for the rare form of the illness.
Children are most at risk of EV-D68, perhaps due to a weaker immune system and less exposure to illnesses compared to adults. New Jersey health officials have been in contact with child care centers and schools, informing them to be on the lookout for spikes in illnesses, and to report any suspected outbreaks to their local health department.
New Jersey Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd said symptoms include cough, runny nose, sneezing and muscle aches and possibly a low-grade fever.
According to APP.com, "Meddis said some hospitals will test for enteroviruses and others will test for enteroviruses plus rhinoviruses. But those tests don't pinpoint enterovirus."