- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County says two children have contracted the virus responsible for some 500 cases of serious respiratory illnesses and as many as four deaths around the country.

The Department of Public Health says a child who became ill in August had enterovirus D68.

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles says the boy, who’s between 5 and 10 years old, had cold symptoms and trouble moving a limb. He was released but a doctor says he still has some partial paralysis.

In Long Beach, the city announced Tuesday that an infant who got the virus has recovered.

Other cases have been reported in San Diego and Ventura counties.

The virus can be spread through coughing, sneezing and contact with contaminated surfaces.

Authorities say there’s no specific treatment or vaccine.


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