CKHA Ready To Fight Enterovirus

Officials at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance say staff are prepared for a serious respiratory illness afflicting children.

Infection Prevention and Control Co-ordinator Carol Turner says the strain of Enterovirus making the rounds in the United States hasn’t been seen since the 1960s, but seven possible cases have turned up in Windsor.

“We have such a close proximity to the states and we are just off the main corridor from Windsor to Toronto, so we really need to be prepared,” says Turner. “Some patients end up having to be on a breathing machine or have that kind of support.”

Turner says it typically takes 2-4 weeks to get over the virus. Symptoms can include a fever, coughing, and a runny nose. Turner says the virus typically affects children between the ages of 5 and 16.