(WTNH) — Twelve additional cases of Enterovirus D68 have been confirmed in Connecticut, health officials said Monday.
In all cases the people infected have been treated and sent home.
A spokesman for Yale-New Haven Hospital said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed seven cases at their facility. Another three cases were at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford. We don’t know from what hospital the other two cases were discovered.
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“We already knew there was a strong possibility it was here,” Dr. Nicholas Bennett, medical director of infectious diseases and immunology at CCMC, said in a statement. “We sent in samples to help the CDC track the virus and its spread across the nation.”
According to the CDC, mild symptoms of D68 may include:
- Runny Nose
- Body and Muscle aches
When it gets severe, there may be wheezing and difficulty breathing.
“Because Enterovirus is a virus there is no treatment, except for treatments for the wheezing, the same as you would for any other asthma attack,” Dr. Bennett said. “It seems to be easily treated and kids are generally getting better quickly, in a few days.”
The first case in Connecticut was at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
As of Sept. 26, the CDC says there have been 277 confirmed cases of D68 in 40 states. “Enteroviruses commonly circulate in summer and fall. We’re currently in middle of the enterovirus season, and EV-D68 infections are likely to decline later in the fall,” the CDC said.