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Enterovirus D-68 confirmed at Windsor Regional

09/23/2014 11:46 EDT | Updated 11/23/2014 05:59 EST
After a spike in patients with respiratory illnesses at the Windsor Regional Hospital, officials have confirmed that one patient has been diagnosed with the Enterovirus D-68.

The CEO of Windsor Regional, David Musyj confirmed one person tested positive with the illness that has sickened hundreds of children across Canada and the U.S.​

Not many details have been released about the patient, who was admitted to hospital on Sept. 15. Officials say it took eight days for the results to come in. The child has since been released.

The Enterovirus D-68 symtoms are much like a cold, but tends to affect younger children and can cause more serious symptoms including wheezing, trouble breathing, dehydration and loss of appetite.

Musyj told CBC reporter Aadel Haleem the intake of patients with a respiratory illness has been steady and "on any given day, we get 15 to 20 patients admitted."

Eight patients were admitted Tuesday suffering from a respiratory illness, officials said.

Cases have also been confirmed in British Columbia and Alberta.

More to come.

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