CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Four new cases of enterovirus D68 have been confirmed by state officials in Suffolk County, according to a news release Friday.
The cases were confirmed by the New York State Department of Health, the release said. As WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported,, two of those affected were elementary school-aged children under age 9, and two were under age 3, the release said.
In the wake of the enterovirus cases, Suffolk County Commissioner of Health Services Dr. James Tomarken warned residents to take precautions so as to keep the virus from spreading.
“These isolated reports indicate that this particular type of enterovirus is currently circulating in Suffolk County as it is throughout New York and the U.S.,” Tomarken said in the news release. “Most people who contract EV-D68 will experience the same symptoms as they would with the common cold, but it has been reported by the (Centers for Disease Control) that that EV-D68 has caused serious complications in children who have respiratory illness or are immune-compromised. For this reason, we ask residents to take precautions.”
A few additional cases from Suffolk County were being investigated by the state’s Wadsworth Laboratory near Albany, Suffolk County officials said. The laboratory is the only facility in the state that is able to test for the enterovirus.