- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - State health officials have confirmed a second case of a virus that causes respiratory illness in children.

The Great Falls Tribune reports (https://gftrib.com/1uhlBov) the Department of Public Health and Human Services confirmed a case of enterovirus D68 in Cascade County on Monday afternoon.

Enterovirus-D68 is a more virulent strain of the virus that causes the common cold. It has shown up in 22 states since mid-August. The virus can cause mild to severe illness, with the worst cases needing life support for breathing difficulties. Children with asthma are more vulnerable. No deaths have been reported.

Earlier this month, a case was confirmed in Yellowstone County.


Information from: Great Falls Tribune, https://www.greatfallstribune.com

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