Enterovirus D68 Makes its Way to the Northeast, Officials Confirm

The mysterious respiratory virus that’s been making children sick across the United States has made its way to the Northeast.

More than a dozen cases of enterovirus D68 have been confirmed in New York state, officials said Friday, and FoxCT.com said that two Connecticut hospitals have reported possible cases.

The virus, which is responsible for sending dozens of children to hospitals in the Midwest, especially affects children with asthma. There is no vaccine and, because it is a virus, there is no cure.

The Connecticut Department of Public Health, citing the Centers for Disease Control, said there have been 97 confirmed cases of enterovirus D68 since mid-August, FoxCT.com reported.

Earlier this week, the CDC confirmed cases were found in 19 out of 22 samples from Kansas City, Missouri, and 11 out of 14 samples from Chicago in children ranging in age from 16 weeks to 16 years old. All the children had a medical history of asthma and wheezing.