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Samples for respiratory illness being tested

Published:Wednesday | September 10, 2014 | 12:00 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP): Experts at The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center are studying whether a recent uptick in respiratory viruses among children is related to a severe illness that's been reported in many states.

Cases of enterovirus 68, or EV-D68, have been confirmed in Illinois and in Missouri, where nearly 500 children have been treated at one Kansas City hospital.

The Children's Hospital in Oklahoma City says 115 patients tested positive from August 1-28 for rhinovirus or enterovirus, compared to 75 during the same period last year. Those samples are now being tested for EV-D68.

No cases have been confirmed yet in Oklahoma.

The virus can cause mild cold-like symptoms including runny noses, coughing and wheezing, but health officials say this summer's cases are unusually severe.