Rhode Island child dies of infection tied to Enterovirus D68: officials

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 01, 2014 11:40 AM

BOSTON (Reuters) - A Rhode Island child has died of a bacterial infection associated with Enterovirus D68, state public health officials said on Wednesday.

The child, who was not identified, died as a result of a staphylococcus aureus sepsis associated with the respiratory virus, which the Rhode Island Department of Health in a statement called a "very rare combination that can cause very severe illness in children and adults."

Officials noted that very few people who contract the Enterovirus D68 will develop symptoms beyond a runny nose and low fever.

(Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Susan Heavey)