UPDATED: October 1, 2014 1:40 a.m.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — State health officials say a 10-year-old Rhode Island girl has died from complications of an unusual respiratory virus that has been affecting children across the U.S.
The Rhode Island Health Department announced Wednesday that the child died last week of a staph infection associated with enterovirus 68, which it called “a very rare combination.”
The CDC said last week a child in Maryland tested positive for the spreading virus.
A map from the CDC shows enterovirus also spread to some children in D.C. and Virginia. A total of 41 states have seen affected children.
The virus can cause mild to severe illness, with the worst cases needing life support for breathing difficulties. Kids with asthma have been especially vulnerable.
Symptoms include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough and body and muscle aches. The CDC says that most children that got very ill with enterovirus 68 in the Midwest had difficulty breathing and some had wheezing.
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