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Ohio among those having testing for uncommon virus

September 8, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Samples from at least one Ohio children's hospital will be tested for an uncommon virus that health officials suspect is causing a severe respiratory illness for hundreds of children in more than 10 states.

An Ohio Department of Health spokeswoman said Monday that samples from Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus were being sent to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Department spokeswoman Melanie Amato says Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center also have asked the department for guidance on sending samples.

The suspected germ, enterovirus 68, can cause coldlike symptoms. It's an uncommon strain of a very common family of viruses that typically hit from summertime through the fall.

A CDC official has said the cases this summer appear unusually severe.



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