Mystery Illness Hits More than 1,000 Children

Doctors are concerned a mystery virus that’s sickened more than 1,000 children could become a nationwide outbreak.

Symptoms start out like the common cold but then quickly get worse, sending kids to the hospital because they can’t breathe.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention¬†suspects it’s a rare virus called Human Enterovirus 68, but it hasn’t been officially identified yet. “This could just be the tip of the iceberg” says the CDC. There is¬†no vaccine for it.*

“We’re in the middle of looking into this. We don’t have all the answers yet,” Mark Pallansch, a virologist and director of the CDC’s Division of Viral Diseases, told CNN.

At least 10 states have contacted the CDC about similar cases. A hospital in Colorado has seen more than 900 patients so far and one in Kansas City has reported more than 300 cases.

Doctors say children under 5 years old and those with asthma are the most vulnerable.

* Better than a vaccine: let’s build our kids’ immune systems starting today!