- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon public health physician says four children in the state have been confirmed as having contracted a severe strain of enterovirus. Three of them were in Multnomah County and the other was in central Oregon’s Deschutes County.

The Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/KHpOzk) the Oregon Health Authority’s Dr. Richard Leman said Thursday that all four were so sick they were treated in intensive care. He did not provide any details about their conditions.

The cases of enterovirus 68 are the first confirmed in Oregon. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, since mid-August the virus strain has been confirmed in 678 people in 46 states and the District of Columbia. It has caused serious breathing problems in many children and is being eyed as a possible factor in at least four deaths.

Leman says Oregon public health officials have sent samples from 19 patients to the CDC for testing. Some test results came back negative for enterovirus 68 while test results for others are pending.

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