- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Kanawha County’s health officer says three people in southern West Virginia have tested positive for a virus that causes severe respiratory illness.

Dr. Rahul Gupta said in a statement Friday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the results for enterovirus 68.

Gupta says one of the cases involved a 5-year-old in Kanawha County. The other cases involved patients from Lincoln and Raleigh Counties. All were admitted to Charleston Area Medical Center.

Last month the CDC confirmed four other enterovirus 68 cases in children from Greenbrier, Wirt and Wood counties.

The virus has been linked to hundreds of severe illnesses this year nationwide. Almost all of the cases have involved children. Four infected people have died but it’s unclear what role the virus played in the deaths.

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