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University of South Alabama Children's Hospital Director of Pediatric Infectious Diseases Dr. Benjamin Estrada addresses local media at a press conference about Enterovirus 68 at the hospital on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. Evaluation Center (emergency department) Medical Director Dr. Jason Richerson (to the left of the podium) also addressed the media's questions about the virus that morning.
The University of South Alabama Children's & Women's Hospital held a press conference this morning to answer questions about the Enterovirus 68, a respiratory illness that has sent children across the state and nation to the hospital.
Dr. Jason Richerson, medical director of the Evaluation Center, and Dr. Benjamin Estrada, director of pediatric infectious diseases, answered questions about the virus from the media.
Three hundred and forty-five children have been treated at USACWH for symptoms consistent with the virus since Aug. 11. Most of the them have been treated and released, but about 50 required admission to the hospital for a day or two, according to the doctors.
Parents and caregivers should consider these recommendations from Dr. Richerson:
If your child has the symptoms of a common cold, treat the symptoms with over-the-counter medicine and seek advice from your pediatrician or primary care physician.
If your child experiences signs of respiratory distress, as in difficulty breathing or wheezing, or has a high fever that will not respond to over-the-counter medicines, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
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