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UPDATE: Enterovirus 68 confirmed in 2 in Tennessee

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UPDATE:  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Department of Health says two cases of a virus that has been causing severe respiratory illness across the country have been confirmed in Tennessee.

Both cases of enterovirus 68 involved young children, one in East Tennessee and one in West Tennessee. The agency says both children were hospitalized but have been released and are doing well.

They are the first cases confirmed in the state.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website said a total of 664 people in 45 states and the District of Columbia have been confirmed to have respiratory illness caused by the virus. The CDC said the virus was detected in specimens from five patients who died.

The state Health Department advises frequent hand washing and not sharing eating utensils, cups or glasses.

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There are now 45 states that have had a least one case of the enterovirus diagnosed, Tennessee is the latest.

Since mid-August, the CDC or state public health laboratories have confirmed at total of 664 people have contracted the respiratory illness caused by EV-D68.  

The 45 states are Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. 

The CDC is prioritizing testing of specimens from children with severe respiratory illness. Of the specimens tested by CDC lab, about half have tested positive for EV-D68. About one third have tested positive for an enterovirus or rhinovirus other than EV-D68.

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