- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Health officials say two more New Jersey children have confirmed cases of a respiratory illness that is caused by an uncommon virus.

The new cases of Enterovirus 68 involve pediatric patients from Essex and Passaic counties who were hospitalized, but have been discharged and are recovering.

The state’s first case of Enterovirus 68 was reported earlier this month. Officials have not provided personal information on the three children, saying only that they are preschool or elementary school age.

Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd advises 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.

According to the CDC, 443 cases of Enterovirus 68 have been confirmed in 40 states and the District of Columbia since mid-August.

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