ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Health officials say it's likely a severe respiratory illness that has sickened hundreds of children in more than 10 states has made its way to Minnesota. But, there have been no confirmed cases as health care providers send samples to the lab for testing.

State epidemiologist Dr. Aaron DeVries says health officials have identified a handful of Enterovirus 68 cases in each of the past few years in Minnesota. DeVries says he would not be surprised to find the virus circulating again.

 

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Minnesota Public Radio reports emergency room workers at Children's Hospitals and Clinics' St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses have been busier than usual treating children with respiratory problems.

Children's infectious disease director Patsy Stinchfield says more children are coming in with severe asthma symptoms and most are being admitted.