Enterovirus 68 outbreak prompts restrictions at Chicago area hospitals

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Virus sickens kids in Illinois, 9 other states
A respiratory virus spreading quickly in the United States is especially dangerous for children.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- There are restrictions in place at two suburban hospitals because of the outbreak of enterovirus 68.

It starts like the common cold, but for some kids, it can cause wheezing and difficulty breathing.

Advocate Children's Hospitals in Oak Lawn and Park Ridge say they're both investigating if clusters of respiratory illnesses are the virus.

Because of the outbreak, no one under the age of 18, or anyone over 18 with respiratory illness symptoms will be allowed in inpatient areas of the hospitals.