Officials confirm enterovirus in Northern California

Oct 3, 2014 1:50 PM by News Staff

Health officials on Thursday confirmed a case of enterovirus D68 in the Sacramento area.

A Solano County child suffered from mild symptoms and was not hospitalized, said Dr. Bela Matyas, a county health officer and the deputy director of Health and Social Services.

The Department of Health would not release more information about the infected child or say what school he or she attends.

The California Department of Public Health plans to give the briefing Friday afternoon on enterovirus D68.

At least three new cases emerged in minors in Northern California on Thursday - two in Alameda County and one in Solano County.

Cases have also been reported in children in Los Angeles, San Diego and Ventura counties.

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.

More than 500 cases have been reported in 43 states. Many patients have been children. Four people with the virus have died, although it's unclear what role it played.

Read more from NBC affiliate KCRA-3


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