Missouri researchers studying respiratory virus

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Washington University researchers are finding new clues about a rare respiratory virus that caused a recent outbreak among children.

Cases of the virus, called enterovirus D68, started being reported in August in children living in Missouri and Illinois. Federal officials say 47 states have reported illnesses from the virus, which can cause flu-like symptoms and respiratory problems.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that researchers at the university’s Genome Institute have mapped the genetic code of virus samples. Their work will help efforts to develop better tests treatments and potentially a vaccine for the virus.

The virus can be spread through coughing, sneezing and contact with contaminated surfaces. It primarily affects young children. Most recover without lasting problems.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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