New Haven briefing planned on children's virus

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro is hosting an informational briefing on enterovirus 68, the respiratory virus that has affected many children.

DeLauro will be joined by the superintendent and director of school nursing for New Haven public schools and a pediatric emergency medicine physician from Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital at a gathering Monday to make parents and health care providers, especially school nurses, more aware of the virus.

State health officials said last week that the first case of enterovirus 68 in a child in Connecticut was confirmed in a 6-year-old girl who was treated at Yale-New Haven Hospital and later discharged.

Since mid-August, more than 150 people in at least 18 states have gotten ill from the virus. Symptoms include fever, sneezing, body aches and runny nose.

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