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More International in Brief - Mississippi has 2 more cases of enterovirus

Published:Wednesday | October 1, 2014 | 10:00 AM

MISSISSIPPI, United States

(AP): Mississippi health officials are confirming two more cases of a virus that causes respiratory illness in children. The Mississippi State Department of Health says in a news release that the two cases were reported in young children, one from Forrest County and the other from Calhoun County. A case was reported in a Hancock County child last week. Enterovirus-D68 is a more virulent strain of the virus that causes the common cold. The virus can cause mild to severe illness, with the worst cases needing life support for breathing difficulties. Children with asthma are more vulnerable. No deaths have been reported. Health officials said infants, children and teenagers are more likely to become infected because they do not have immunity to the virus.

Dallas hospital monitoring patient for Ebola

DALLAS, United States (AP): A patient in a Dallas hospital is showing signs of the Ebola virus and is being kept in strict isolation with test results pending, hospital officials said on Monday. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas said in a statement Monday that the patient's symptoms and recent travel indicated a case of Ebola.

New York judge sheds black robes for kids facing court

NEW YORK, United States (AP): A federal immigration judge says his priority, when dealing with traumatised children facing deportation, is to create a kinder, gentler courtroom.

New York's assistant chief immigrant judge, Robert Weisel, told a City Council hearing on Monday that he takes off his black robes and speaks to young children from the bench in a more casual tone.