California officials report 32 enterovirus cases

Oct 11, 2014 10:18 AM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California health officials say they've now confirmed 32 cases of a virus that can cause respiratory illness - more than double the figure from a week ago.

However, the state Department of Public Health said Friday that there doesn't appear to be any outbreak of enterovirus D68. The agency says reports of respiratory illness are normal for this time of year.

The Los Angeles Times says all of the confirmed cases involve children.

Eight of the cases were in San Diego County, and five in Alameda County.

Enterovirus D68 can cause flu-like symptoms and respiratory problems, sometimes serious. It's been linked to hundreds of illnesses and possibly several deaths nationwide.

The virus can be spread through coughing, sneezing and contact with contaminated surfaces.

There's no vaccine or specific treatment.

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