Potentially Deadly Mystery Virus

Hundreds of children are sickened by a respiratory illness with symptoms that mimic a common cold.
1:38 | 09/07/14

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on one side the date of bin laden's capture. On the other, a red X. Children sicken bid a rare virus sending kids rushing to the hospital when they can't breathe. Here's the map of the ten states hit so far. By this mystery illness. Doctors say there will be more. ABC's Linzie Janis has the details. Reporter: Tonight a potentially deadly mystery virus is spreading across the country. The respiratory illness with symptoms that mimic a common cold hasn't been officially identified, but doctors at the CDC suspect it's a rare virus called human enterovirus 68. My lungs started closing up. Reporter: 13-year-old will Cornejo had to be rushed to a Colorado hospital. White as a ghost, blue lips, he just passed out. Reporter: Doctors say children like will, who have asthma, and those under the age of five are the most vulnerable. It can start just like a cold, runny nose, sneezing, coughs. But it's the wheezing you have to watch out for. Reporter: In Colorado, at one hospital alone, doctors have seen more than 900 children with symptoms and at a hospital in Kansas City, Missouri ore 300 kids reporting symptoms. If your state doesn't have it now, watch for it. It's coming. Reporter: There's no vaccine for the virus and will's mom and dad say they're sharing their story to help other parents spot the signs. Linzie Janis, ABC news, new

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