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    Enterovirus D-68: Alberta testing for strain after spike in child hospital admissions

    Health officials add 5 new pediatric intensive care beds to deal with increased patients

    CBC NewsPosted: Sep 14, 2014 1:32 PM MT|Last Updated: Sep 14, 2014 2:05 PM MT
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    An Alberta children's hospital says it has seen a spike in the number of children admitted for respiratory problems in the past several weeks and is adding new beds to the pediatric unit to keep up with demand.

    Alberta Health Services says it has seen a spike in "respiratory-related admissions" at the Alberta Children's Hospital since the end of August. While that isn't unusual in and of itself ó the "September spike" is well-documented ó it comes as doctors in the U.S. grapple with the spread of enterovirus D-68, which has been sending more children to intensive care wards in that country than the typical common cold.

    Bruce Conway, spokesperson for AHS, says the health authority is running lab tests to see whether the strain currently sending children to hospital in Alberta is the same strain circulating in the U.S.
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    There have been 82 cases of D-68 in Canada over the past 15 years and there is no vaccine or antiviral therapy.
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    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgar...ions-1.2766027
    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
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    Canada - Alberta confirms 18 cases of Enterovirus D68

    September 15, 20146:34 pm

    Alberta Health Services confirms 18 cases of Enterovirus D68

    By Patricia Kozicka Global News

    EDMONTON Ė A respiratory virus thatís affected hundreds of children across the U.S. may have arrived in Alberta. Itís called Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68).

    Alberta Health Services has confirmed 18 cases of the virus in our province since August, all in hospitalized patients under the age of 18. Five of those cases were in Edmonton, 10 were in Calgary.

    The provincial lab is now testing to see if itís the same strain of EV-D68 as the one causing problems in the U.S.
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    http://globalnews.ca/news/1565062/ah...-the-province/
    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
    -Nelson Mandela

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