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This week: the respiratory virus affecting many children

Children with cold symptoms don’t need emergency medical care, says Dr. Jana Shaw, an associate professor of pediatrics specializing in infectious disease at the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.

She advises parents to keep careful watch of a sick child, especially if he or she has asthma, and seek care if the child develops trouble breathing.

Enterovirus D68 is the highly contagious respiratory infection that is making children sick across the United States and was detected in New York earlier this month. “It’s likely to spread and become an epidemic,” Shaw says.

This week, how the disease is treated and steps toward preventing its spread.

Also this week: everything you need to know about the drug Truvada that is reducing the spread of the AIDS virus.