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ER visits rise sharply as enterovirus spreads to St. Louis adults

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By Daniel Fredman By Daniel Fredman

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Local doctors are concerned about the amount of adults contracting an illness that is typically only found in children.

DePaul Hospital says the amount of patients coming into the emergency room with flu-like symptoms in the last week has tripled, and it’s likely due to the Enterovirus, the widely-reported virus that sickened children across the US earlier this summer.

There is no treatment and no protection against it, so most patients are sent home, however patients with underlying respiratory issues like asthma have to be hospitalized.

Symptoms are similar to the common cold or flu.

“Most of them have a cough, sore throat. Some have fever. Some don't. That's kind of the distinguishing factor between the flu and enterovirus,” said Joanie Risesmeier, an infection prevention nurse at DePaul.

The best ways to prevent the spread of the virus are to wash your hands, cover your cough, and stay home from work or school if you're sick.

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