(KMOX) – The Missouri Health Department is issuing a warning about a respiratory illness that is hitting kids on both sides of the state.

Kansas City hospitals report over 300 cases of enterovirus in recent weeks, and there’s been an upsurge in St. Louis children’s hospitals as well.

“Enterovirus is a cold virus,” says SLU Care pediatrician Dr. Ken Haller at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. “It’s one of the maybe hundreds of viruses that cause colds.”

Haller says prevention of colds works just like preventions of many other viral illnesses.

“If you sneeze, sneeze into your elbow,” he says. “If you are taking care of someone, make sure you wash your hands first with soap and water, or use a hand sanitizer. All those good hygiene things we talk about, whether it’s cold, flu, anything like that.”

Haller says there are three reasons to take your child to the ER if they appear to have this type of cold. Symptoms include breathing difficulties, dehydration or if they just don’t appear to be acting normally while sick.

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