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First Maine child tests positive for enterovirus
October 01, 2014 17:01 GMT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- A Maine child has tested positive for a respiratory virus that has been affecting children across the country.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that a child from York County has tested positive for enterovirus D68 infection. It's the first confirmed case in the state.

Officials say the child was hospitalized, but is now back home and doing well.

Symptoms for the highly contagious virus include a fever, runny nose, sneezing and muscle aches. Officials say that children with severe cases elsewhere have had trouble breathing and have experienced wheezing.

The Maine CDC says those with cold-like symptoms should stay home. Officials are encouraging people to wash their hands and disinfect areas like tables and doorknobs to prevent the spread of the virus.