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Local Parent and Pharmacist Concerned Over Enterovirus D68

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POCOMOKE, Md. - A local parent and pharmacist tells WBOC he has noticed some red flags that has him concerned over the spread of the respiratory illness, enterovirus D68.

Zaheer Ahmed is the pharmacist at the City Discount Health Mart in Pocomoke and said he has seen an increase in the amount of children coming into the pharmacy with respiratory issues.

"I am noticing it more than the normal year sickness.  You know, this is the time when the kids go to school and the weather is cold, they get sick.  But this is more than that," said Ahmed.

Ahmed is a Fruitland resident and a father to children in the Wicomico County school district and said his children have also made some observations in school that have caught his attention.

"When they go to lunch and they're in the walkways, they see a lot of kids who are coughing and that is a concern."

The concern for Ahmed comes the enterovirus D68 that has spread to over 130 children in 13 states.  It is a virus that causes respiratory illness that can include mild cold-like symptoms or severe illness.  Children with asthma are most at risk if they contract the virus.  Maryland is NOT one of the 13 states with a reported case but officials from the Wicomico County Health Department said there have been children in the county tested for the virus.

Ahmed fears EV-D68 would spread quickly in schools and officials from the Wicomico County School District tell WBOC they are very aware of the concern parents have.  While working closely with the county Health Department to monitor the status of the virus, the district will also be sending home materials for parents that includes tips from the CDC on preventing the spread of the enterovirus.

Washing your hands often and covering your coughs and sneezes may sound basic, but they can go a long way in keeping you from getting sick.

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