The BC Centre for Disease Control has been keeping an eye out for the Enterovirus D68 this season.
A report released today showed the respiratory illness that caused 13 hospitalizations this time last year has been virtually undetected thus far.
Dr. Danuta Skowronski says, they’ll continue to monitor for signs of the virus, particularly among youth.
“Among children, boys were hospitalized at higher rate than girls, and asthma is a known risk factor for sever Enterovirus D68 outcomes.”
Last year, the hospital saw kids had a 15 to 20 per cent increased risk of retracting the virus than adults.
There is no vaccine or specific treatment for Enterovirus D68, but officials stress most people who are infected will only experience mild symptoms.