2 cases of severe respiratory illness confirmed in Washington State

Yakima Kids Awaiting Test Results for Possible Enterovirus

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Children’s Hospital says two children have tested positive for a severe respiratory illness.

The hospital said Friday the children who contracted enterovirus D68 had preexisting health conditions. They were both stable enough to be discharged from the facility earlier this week.

Tests by the federal Centers for Disease Control on three other children came back negative. The hospital said two of those children had been released and the third had died, however Seattle Children’s says no children in Washington have died from enterovirus D68 related illnesses.

The virus, which has sickened hundreds of children nationwide, typically causes illness lasting about a week, and most children recover with no lasting problems. Children with asthma may be more susceptible to serious illness.

The virus likely spreads similarly to the common cold, through sneezing or coughing or touching contaminated surfaces.