First cases of enterovirus D68 confirmed in NYC, NJ, Connecticut

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NEW YORK (PIX11) -- Health officials announced the first confirmed cases of enterovirus D68 in the Tri-State area. Affected regions include New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

More than one dozen New York children -- with one case in New York City -- were diagnosed with enterovirus, the Department of Health announced Wednesday. Children with the virus are also located in the Capitol Region and Central New York. Other areas in the state submitted specimens for testing, which can take up to a week to confirm.

New Jersey health officials confirmed their first case of enterovirus Wednesday. The unidentified child was treated at a Philadelphia hospital and has since improved and returned home, according to the New Jersey Department of Health.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also confirmed Connecticut's first case the same day. Similar to the New Jersey child, the Connecticut patient has since improved and been discharged.

Currently, there is no vaccine or treatment for the virus. The Department of Health is advising parents and health care providers to be aware of the signs and symptoms of the virus.

According to CNN, symptoms of mild illness may include:

  • fever
  • runny nose, sneezing, cough
  • skin rash
  • mouth blisters
  • body and muscle aches

The virus first broke out in the Midwest, where hundreds of children were sent to hospitals for treatment.