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A hospital in Illinois has barred children under 12 from visiting after an outbreak of an unknown respiratory virus that has affected more than 70 young children in the area, hospital officials said.

The virus found at Blessing Hospital in Quincyhas yet to be identified, but resembles HEV68, a respiratory infection that broke out in nearby St. Louis and Kansas City a week earlier, Dr. Robert Merrick, an epidemiologist at the hospital, said in a statement.


Hannibal Regional Healthcare System in nearby Hannibal, Missouri, which issued a similar warning to children, lists the symptoms on its Facebook page as fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, mouth blisters, body and muscle aches and rash.

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