AZBD Note: The “Open Border Flu” is not to be confused with the “Open Borders Ebola” which will be flying in to the US sometime soon.
The rarely-seen Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), which has been sending children to emergency rooms in several mid-western states, has now made its way to the East Coast, as confirmed cases in Connecticut and New York have been reported in the last few days. Though the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has yet to make it official, several other states along the eastern seaboard are reporting outbreaks of the virus as well.
EV-D68, which was first identified in California in 1962, can cause mild flu-like symptoms with a runny nose, fever and body aches. However, it can also send its victims into severe respiratory distress, as has been seen in New York, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky and Missouri, according to the CDC.