- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Three children in Northern California have tested positive for a virus that’s caused hundreds of illnesses nationwide and possibly several deaths.

Authorities announced Thursday that two Alameda County residents, both under 18 years of age, had contracted enterovirus D68.

A deputy county health officer, Dr. Erica Pan, tells the San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1x4xBIh) both patients are recovering.

The third case is in Solano County, where health officials say a school-age child suffered from mild symptoms and wasn’t hospitalized.

They’re believed to be the first cases reported in Northern California. Others were in Los Angeles, San Diego and Ventura counties.

Enterovirus D68 can cause mild to severe respiratory illness. There’s no vaccine or specific treatment.

More than 500 cases have been reported in 43 states. Many patients have been children. Four people with the virus have died, although it’s unclear what role it played.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

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