- Associated Press - Monday, October 6, 2014

HAMILTON, N.J. (AP) - His family plans to honor the memory of a New Jersey child who died of enterovirus 68.

The medical examiner determined the virus that has been causing severe respiratory illness across the country claimed the life of 4-year-old Eli Waller.

It’s not clear how the Yardville Elementary School preschooler contracted the virus.

He was sickened at home, but the school was sanitized as a precaution.

His father, Andy, issued a statement thanking the community in Hamilton Township for their support and help. He and his wife are establishing The First Day of School Foundation, which will support special education students.

The virus has sickened more than 500 people in 43 states and Washington, D.C. - almost all of them children. There have been nine cases reported in New Jersey.

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