HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Authorities have determined that a second child who attended a New Jersey preschool where a child died of enterovirus D68 did not have the respiratory illness.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found no traces in the boy.
Enterovirus was blamed for the death of 4-year-old Eli Waller last month.
It’s not clear how the Yardville Elementary School preschooler contracted the virus. He was sickened at home, but the school was sanitized as a precaution.
State health officials say there have been 18 confirmed cases in New Jersey, all involving children.
In the other feared case of enterovirus at Yardville, Tabatha Vassey told CBS 2 earlier this month that her son had been sick for weeks. He had been hospitalized and released after coming down with flu-like symptoms.
“It was scary,” Vassey said. “I hate seeing my son sick, and I was trying to figure out — dear God, how can I take this from him and let me deal with it myself?”
She said her son, whose name will not be released, got sick at his father’s house.
“(I) get a call on Sunday morning saying: ‘He’s having trouble breathing. We need to go to the ER, like now. He’s wheezing really badly. It sounds like a freight train,’” Vassey said.
Symptoms of enterovirus D68 include coughing, runny nose, sneezing and more. They are generally considered to be similar to flu.
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