EV-D68? Greenfield PD investigates death of 4-year-old with flu-like symptoms

[P]olice in Greenfield, Indiana are investigating the sudden death of a 4-year-old boy whose parents said he’d been complaining of ‘flu-like symptoms’ but had seemed fine at bedtime. Indiana has already reported around two dozen cases of enterovirus D68, a disease which has been sweeping the nation for the past 6 months or so, leaving some children paralyzed and a few dead. EV-D68 is a cousin to the dreaded polio virus, which may be why its effects include paralysis in some limbs and even difficulty breathing.

With Ebola news sucking up most of the MSM air these days, EV-D68 stories, which would ordinarily take prominence, have been shunted to the back burner. As I’ve said numerous times on PID Radio when we’ve been reporting on the enterovirus outbreak, all parents need to pay close attention anytime a child says he is having trouble breathing. Currently, there is no vaccine for EV-D68, but I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if we see a candidate for study soon (which is another can of worms to worry about!)

For more on the child’s death and the investigation, see: Greenfield PD investigates death of 4-year-old with flu-like sym – 13 WTHR Indianapolis.