At least five babies in the U.S. killed by Coxsackie virus, CDC says
ATLANTA - A common virus traditionally viewed as mild killed at least five U.S. infants last year, government health officials said.
The five deaths mark the first time an infection was found to be fatal, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tens of thousands of children get the virus each year, but it seldom causes illness, and then usually mild cases. Young children, with immature immune systems, are at the greatest danger from the virus, called Coxsackievirus B1.