BOSTON (WWLP) – An eight year-old girl from southeastern Massachusetts is the first confirmed case of Enterovirus D-68 the state, state health officials announced Thursday afternoon.
State Epidemiologist Dr. Al DeMaria said that the girl has since been released from the hospital. Her name and town of residence were not released, but it was disclosed that she was treated at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Though this is so far the only confirmed case in the state, he added that they are still awaiting results on several potential cases of Enterovirus D-68. Last week, officials at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield confirmed that a few of their young patients had been tested for the virus, and that they were awaiting results.
According to the CDC, Enterovirus D-68 can cause mild to severe respiratory illness, with typical symptoms including fever, sneezing, runny nose, and body aches. In more serious cases, patients have had difficulty breathing.
Prior to Tuesday’s announcement, there were 175 confirmed cases of Enterovirus D-68 in 27 states, including neighboring Connecticut. A majority of the cases have been in the Midwestern states.