- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Health officials have confirmed New Jersey’s first case of a respiratory illness that is caused by an uncommon virus.

Enterovirus 68 was identified in a specimen sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by a Philadelphia hospital.

The state health department says the child — who has not been identified by age, town or name — has improved and been discharged.

New Jersey Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd is advising parents and health care providers to be aware of the symptoms, which include cough, runny nose, sneezing and muscle aches and possibly a low-grade fever.

Officials say before New Jersey, there were 130 lab-confirmed cases in 12 states.

No deaths have been reported.

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