Michigan Toddler First to Die From Enterovirus Strain

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A Michigan toddler is the second child in the U.S. to die from the Enterovirus this year. Twenty-one-month-old Madeline Reid is also the first child to die of the virus in that state.

The young girl was stricken with Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), and passed away late on Friday while being treated at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, hospital officials said in a statement.

More than 500 people, mostly children, in 43 states and the District of Columbia have been infected with EV-D68 since mid-August, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Reid is the first in the state reported to have died from the virus, Michigan Department of Community Health spokeswoman Jennifer Smith said.

“It is never easy to lose a child, and our entire healthcare team at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan is deeply saddened by this family’s loss and mourns with them during this very difficult time,” Rudolph Valentini, chief medical officer at the children’s hospital, said.

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