A rare and powerful virus has put more than 1,000 children in the hospital, some hooked up to oxygen masks.
The Center for Disease Control is warning that this could just be the beginning and that the dangerous situation is evolving quickly.
Dr. Mary Anne Jackson, the Director of Infectious Diseases at Children's Mercy Hospital says, "What's different about this is the unusual number of cases and the severity of infection."
Children under 5 are most susceptible but everyone is at risk. The virus starts like the common cold with a runny nose, coughing, sneezing and fever. However, it can quickly turn more severe with kids being unable to breathe and losing consciousness.
Virus danger signs include:
- Shortness of Breath
- Difficulty Speaking
How to avoid the virus:
- Keep your child home if they are sick
- Wash your hands frequently
The disease hasn't been officially identified but officials suspect a rare respiratory virus called human enterovirus 68.