- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island health department says the state has its first confirmed case of an unusual respiratory virus that’s been affecting children across the U.S.

The local patient was an adult who has since recovered.

The department said it received confirmation Wednesday of the enterovirus D68 infection from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It said the patient was hospitalized but improved and has been discharged.

The case was part of a batch of specimens sent to the CDC on Sept. 15. The health department said last week that the virus was likely in Rhode Island already.

Mild cases of the illness can cause fever, runny nose and coughs but severe ones can lead to difficulty breathing. The D68 strain isn’t new but it’s rarely seen.

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