Baystate Medical Center held a press conference Thursday afternoon and addressed a recent spike in children showing up at their hospital with symptoms related to the respiratory illness known as Enterovirus D68.

Doctors said there are no confirmed cases of Enterovirus D68 at Baystate, but samples have been sent to the Centers for Disease Control for testing.

They said seven children are currently hospitalized for a respiratory illness, but dozens more have been seen and discharged.

Doctors said they are seeing rapid improvement from nearly every patient they have seen.

"Most of the children hospitalized here at Baystate were in the hospital for 24-48 hours and then were discharged. We have discharged within the past week several dozens of patients from our hospital," said Dr. Michael Klatte, an infectious disease specialist at Baystate Children's Hospital.

"They are all doing well at this time and have not returned to the hospital for returning or worsening illness," Klatte said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from mid-August until September 18, a total of 153 people in 18 states have been confirmed to have respiratory illness caused by EV-D68. Those states include: Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

The site goes onto say, "In the upcoming weeks, more states will have confirmed cases of EV-D68 infection."

Enterovirus can cause mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms include:

fever

runny nose

sneezing

cough

body and muscle aches.

CBS 3 Springfield interviewed Baystate Medical Center Dr. Klatte last week, who said the spread of the virus was imminent. You can watch his full interview here.

Read more about the Enterovirus on the CDC website.

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