“Hysterical — that’s the way I describe it,” Checchia said about the reaction to EV-D68.
Every year, respiratory syncytial virus or RSV sends 75,000 to 125,000 children to the hospital and kills as many as 200 every year, numbers that are a little fuzzy because hospitals are not required to report deaths from RSV. Last year, influenza killed at least 105 kids. No deaths from EV-D68, which has been linked several hundred illnesses nationwide, have been reported.
“Enterovirus must have a really good PR agent because it is getting all the press and there is no real need for it,” Checchia told NBC News. “It is a significant respiratory pathogen, but it is not really different from a lot of other respiratory pathogens out there.”
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