Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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A respiratory ailment that sent some 500 children to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City appears to be tapering off.

The enterovirus D68 can cause mild to severe respiratory illness. At its peak several weeks ago, Children’s Mercy was seeing 30 patients a day. That number has now fallen to about 15 a day, says hospital spokesman Jake Jacobson.

Relief In Sight? Region Hit Hard By Flu

Feb 10, 2013
Johnson County Department of Health and Environment

The flu is widespread in Kansas and Missouri. It has been an especially rough season, but some say relief may be on the way.

The nation's midsection is a hot spot for influenza right now, and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment says there’s still time to be protected by a flu shot.