Respiratory virus seen in 4 deaths; role unclear

October 2, 2014 4:38 AM

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Respiratory virus seen in 4 deaths; role unclear

New York – — Four people who were infected with a virus causing severe respiratory illness across the country have died, but what role the virus played in the deaths is unclear, health officials said Wednesday.

A 10-year-old Rhode Island girl died last week after suffering both a bacterial infection and infection from enterovirus 68, Rhode Island health officials said. The virus is behind a spike in harsh respiratory illnesses in children since early August.

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