Michigan has confirmed the first tragic fatality due to the outbreak strain of Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) in the state today in a 21-month old toddler from Clinton Township, according to multiple press outlets.
The child, Madeline Reid, died this afternoon due to complications from the virus , according to the Team Maddie! Facebook group.
A DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan’s spokeswoman said earlier, “On behalf of the DMC we would like to express our sincere condolences to the family of Madeline Reid. Since mid-August the CDC has reported higher numbers of children experiencing respiratory illnesses caused by Enterovirus D68 with confirmed cases in 45 states including Michigan, said Suzanne White, M.D., chief medical officer, DMC in a statement, Saturday. “The DMC will continue to work with both the Michigan Department of Community Health and the CDC to monitor patients and provide the most appropriate care and support.”
This is the second reported confirmed death from EV-D68 in the US. A Mercer County, New Jersey boy died last week from the respiratory illness.
From mid-August to October 10, 2014, CDC or state public health laboratories have confirmed a total of 691 people from 46 states and the District of Columbia with respiratory illness caused by EV-D68.