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Enterovirus cases confirmed at Brenner Children’s Hospital

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Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center said Tuesday it has received confirmation of a “small number” of patients with the respiratory virus enterovirus D68, the Winston-Salem Journal reported.

Dr. Christopher Ohl, an infectious disease specialist at Wake Forest Baptist, said the exposure numbers at Brenner Children’s Hospital appear to be “on par” with other similar children’s facilities in the state.

The suspected germ is an uncommon strain of a common family of viruses that typically hit from summertime through autumn. The virus causes mild cold-like symptoms, including runny noses, coughing and wheezing.

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday there have been at least six positive diagnoses of enterovirus D68 statewide. The agency said the specimens that tested positive came from children ages 10 and under with respiratory illnesses.

Although Ohl said the local and state totals likely are higher, he cautioned it is not a disease where the count total is significant.

“Once you know it is in the community, you don’t need to keep confirming it with further testing,” Ohl said.