- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - State health officials say a respiratory illness caused by an uncommon virus has not made substantial inroads into Wyoming.

State Health Department spokeswoman Kim Deti says Enterovirus 68 has likely infected Wyoming residents sporadically, but the state has yet to confirm any cases.

Deti tells the Laramie Boomerang (https://bit.ly/1wsFiHY ) that the state has not seen any big spikes of respiratory illnesses lately.

Symptoms of the virus are similar to the common cold or flu.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials say 12 other states have about 130 lab-confirmed cases. All are children.

The virus can cause mild to severe illness, with the worst cases needing life support for breathing difficulties. Kids with asthma have been especially vulnerable. No deaths have been reported.

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Information from: Laramie Boomerang, https://www.laramieboomerang.com

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