Dr. Art Mollen discusses enterovirus

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By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist

With the recent health scares looming over many parents and their children, Dr. Art Mollen discussed the enterovirus Wednesday and why parents shouldn't be afraid of the disease.

"Most of these cases of the enterovirus virus are actually very mild," Mollen said.

He said 25 percent to 35 percent of the children who contract the virus generally don't even have a fever.

Most of these cases will resolve on their own within seven days with fluids and potentially Tylenol if the child is aching. There is no vaccine.

More common symptoms include coughing, congestion and a runny nose.

One of the biggest signs of a potentially serious case of a respiratory disease is wheezing. Mollen suggests that parents call a doctor and take their child to the emergency room if he or she begins wheezing and does not have asthma.

If the child starts wheezing, he or she will need Albuterol, according to Mollen.

"Albuterol is a bronchodilator; it's an inhaler," he said. "Their doctor can prescribe that for them."

A majority of the cases are found in children ages 4 and 5.

"Perhaps their immune system is still developing so there's an immune system factor in this," Mollen said. "And if the immune system isn't fully developed then that's a potential danger for them, as well."

The enterovirus is related to hand, foot and mouth disease.