While much of the attention of the American public has been focused on the possibility of an Ebola epidemic in the United States, another deadly disease is making its way across the nation with the consequences to this point being much more deadly.
With only one person, a foreign national having died in the U.S. from Ebola and a handful of known cases, seven American children have fallen victim to and died from Enterovirus 68, with approximately 800 known cases thus far in 46 states.
On Wednesday, Lancen Kendall of Phoenix, a five-month-old baby boy, was laid down for a nap by his parents and later found blue in the face by his father when he went to check on him. He was immediately transported to a local hospital where he died five days later, never having fully regained consciousness. Tests revealed that Lancen was infected by the Enterovirus, with more testing still underway to determine if it was the D68 strain.
Written by Rick Wells
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