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25 people in Michigan tested positive for enterovirus D68

Posted at 6:20 PM, Sep 30, 2014

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Department of Community Health Tuesday announced that 25 patients statewide have tested positive for enterovirus D68.

The MDCH says a Washtenaw County child who is less than 1 year old also developed lower extremity paralysis, which is a rare occurrence with enterovirus.

So far, 34 people in Michigan have been tested for the severe respiratory illness by the Centers for Disease Control, with more than two thirds of those results coming back positive.

According to a release, symptoms of the D68 strain include wheezing, difficulty breathing, fever and a racing heart rate.   It spreads through close contact with an infected person or by touching surfaces or objects that are contaminated.

Young people with asthma have an increased risk of serious complications.