Severe respiratory illness confirmed in Wisconsin



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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin has recorded its first case of an unusual respiratory illness striking children.

Health officials said Thursday a child from Door County has tested positive for the virus, known as enterovirus 68. The illness has infected at least 220 people in at least 32 states in recent weeks.

The Wisconsin State Journal (http://bit.ly/1wMYBvQ ) reports the Wisconsin Department of Health Services said one of about 30 samples sent from the state to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for testing was positive.

The virus can cause mild to severe illness. Kids with asthma have been especially vulnerable.

A spike in cases was first identified in mid-August.

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Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj

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