- Associated Press - Saturday, September 6, 2014

DENVER (AP) - Denver hospitals are seeing a surge in a severe respiratory illness in children, especially the very young and those with asthma.

The Denver Post reported Friday (https://tinyurl.com/phcntp7 ) that some doctors suspect the ailment is caused by a rare virus called enterovirus 68. Health officials are awaiting laboratory confirmation.

Enterovirus is related to rhinovirus, which causes the common cold.

Children’s Hospital Colorado reports treating more than 900 children for respiratory problems since Aug. 18. It says 86 were admitted.

KMGH-TV reports (https://tinyurl.com/myou8yk ) about half the patients in the 20-bed intensive-care unit at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children have respiratory problems.

Jennifer Cornejo of Lone Tree says her 13-year-old son William had cold symptoms that developed overnight into a life-threatening respiratory illness. He is improving at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children.

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