- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Health Department says tests have confirmed that a virus causing severe respiratory illness across the country has made it into Vermont.

Officials say tests found the enterovirus 68 in a pre-school aged child who has since recovered.

The Health Department says the country is experiencing a nationwide outbreak of enterovirus 68 that’s associated with severe respiratory illness, but not all respiratory illnesses occurring now are caused by that virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the virus has been confirmed in almost 500 people in more than 40 states and the District of Columbia.

Anyone can get infected with enteroviruses, but infants, children and teenagers are more likely to get sick.

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