California reports 14 cases of virus hitting kids

Oct 3, 2014 5:16 PM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California public health officials say at least 14 children have been infected with a virus that has caused hundreds of respiratory illnesses and possibly several deaths nationwide.

Dr. Gil Chavez of the state Department of Public Health said Friday the children infected with enterovirus D68 range in age from months-old to 15.

Chavez says one of the patients with the respiratory illness also developed acute flaccid paralysis, but that doctors have not yet determined a connection.

He says the cases have arisen in eight of California's 58 counties: San Diego, Alameda, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Ventura.

Enterovirus D68 can cause mild to severe respiratory illness and can attack the nervous system in severe cases. There's no vaccine or specific treatment.


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