CDC confirms 4 cases of virus in Connecticut

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed three cases of enterovirus 68 from the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford.

One case was reported earlier this month at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Nicholas Bennett, CCMC’s director of infectious diseases and immunology, says doctors already had suspected the virus was responsible for a number of cases they were seeing. He says the testing was done to help track the spread of the disease and the confirmation does not change how those cases are being treated.

The virus, which causes cold-like symptoms and breathing problems, has been confirmed in 40 states and the District of Columbia.

Bennett says the virus typically runs its course in a few days, and doctors treat the wheezing as they would any asthma attack.

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