ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Sen. Charles Schumer has called for better tracking and information about an unusual respiratory illness in children that has been found in New York City and Long Island.
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Schumer said New York City has many asthmatic children who are especially vulnerable.
The lawmaker urged the CDC on Sunday to provide help and information to communities, schools and parents to ensure the virus is quickly recognized, diagnosed and treated.
He said the virus is a problem that’s not getting as much attention because of all the focus on Ebola, 1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten reported.
“Look, lets make no mistake about it this is not Ebola. Ebola is a deadly disease, but Ebola — most health professionals tell me — has very little chance of entering this country,” Schumer said.