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UPDATE: Local hospitals treating Enterovirus patients

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Two local hospitals are treating patients with Enterovirus, but none of the cases are confirmed to be the strain that's spreading across the country.

Dean-St. Mary's confirmed to 27 News Monday afternoon that it has eight potential cases. Officials say the cases are all some strain of the virus, but it's not clear if they are of the D68 strain.

UW Health is also treating one patient with Enterovirus.

In all of these cases, samples have been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which will confirm whether they are of the D68 strain.

Enterovirus D68 is a respiratory virus that is suspected of hospitalizing more than 100 people in 10 states, according to the CDC.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- UW Health confirms to 27 News it is treating a patient with a confirmed case of enterovirus and that it is a suspected case of the D68 strain of the virus. It would be the first confirmed case of the strain in Wisconsin.


Doctors will not know for sure what strain it is until testing is completed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 UW Health tells us they should get those test results back in about a week.


Right now only one UW Health patient is known to have the virus and hospital officials are not revealing the patient's age.

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