25 cases of enterovirus in Michigan

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Ga. (AP file photo)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Federal health officials have confirmed 25 cases of a severe respiratory illness in Michigan, including a young child that developed lower extremity paralysis.

The Michigan Department of Community Health announced Tuesday it has been notified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the positive tests for enterovirus 68. The paralysis case involves a child under the age of 1 from Washtenaw County.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week sent doctors an alert about polio-like cases of muscle weakness or paralysis. The virus can cause paralysis but other germs can, too. The cases come amid an unusual wave of severe respiratory illness from enterovirus 68.

The virus can cause mild to severe illness, with the worst cases needing life support for breathing difficulties.

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Online: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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