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NJ child who died tested positive for enterovirus D68

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NEW JERSEY (PIX11) -- The Center of Disease Control has confirmed that a New Jersey child who died last week has tested positive for enterovirus D68.

"Our thoughts remain with the family at this very difficult time," said Health Commissioner Mary E. O'Dowd. "While the child has tested positive for EV-D68, the cause of death has not yet been determined and it is unclear if EV-D68 played a direct role or was a contributing factor in his death."

Officials say the Mercer child's death is the first in the Garden State. Another case of EV-D68 has also been confirmed in Middlesex Country.

Dozens of cases of the respiratory infection have been confirmed in the tri-state area.

Enterovirus typically causes upper respiratory symptoms such as cough, runny nose, sneezing and body/muscle aches and possibly low-grade fever. The virus can become serious in young children.

There is no vaccine or specific treatment for enterovirus, and officials say washing hands often, disinfecting countertops and utensils often and avoiding kissing and sharing cups with a sick person are best ways to avoid infection.