Two Colorado adults die from complications of enterovirus

Trischelle Sheeler (credit: CBS4)

Trischelle Sheeler (credit: CBS4)

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. (CBS4) – At least two Colorado adults have died from complications from what may be enterovirus-68, the same strain that has afflicted hundreds, mostly children, across the country.

Dr. Phil Emrie, a critical care pulmonologist at Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge, says he treated adult patients who suffered from conditions similar to the virus.

“We don’t know for sure that it’s the enterovirus-68, but we do know that it’s consistent with the illness that they’re seeing in children,” Emrie said.

That specific virus has been diagnosed primarily in children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported approximately 500 cases in 42 states.

“We’re all more concerned about our children and things, but there’s no reason to think adults would not get the virus as well,” Emrie said.

Trischelle Sheeler is one of those adults who the doctor believes may have contracted the specific enterovirus-68 strain.

“It’s horrendous,” she told CBS4…

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