AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Three children at Children's Hospital of Georgia tested positive for enterovirus D68, a spokesperson for the hospital said.
The hospital sent blood specimens from 15 children to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Sept. 11. Of those 15, three were positive for enterovirus D68, a respiratory illness that mainly affects children.
The CDC was backlogged, so it took several weeks to get the results, hospital officials said.
"Although we did have quite a few children with respiratory illnesses in early September, doctors are seeing much fewer children with these symptoms now," a statement from the hospital reads. "We are glad the virus stayed fairly contained in our area, and that our pediatric staff was able to treat the children who were affected so quickly with no complications thus far."
Of the 15 children who were tested, five others tested positive for rhinovirus and four for another strain of enterovirus. The three other specimens are being retested.
From mid-August to Oct. 3, a total of 538 people in 43 states have tested positive for enterovirus D68, according to the CDC.
For more information on enterovirus D68, visit the CDC website.