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Virus found in 14 Kansas City-area newborns

August 13, 2014

— Kansas City health authorities in Missouri and Kansas are investigating infections among 14 infants with a virus that can cause meningitis and other inflammation.

The Kansas City Star reports the first cases of a strain of a human parechovirus were discovered in June.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment spokeswoman Aimee Rosenow says none of the infants has died from HPeV3 but all have been hospitalized. Shawnee Mission Medical Center and Children’s Mercy Hospital have reported cases.

She says it’s unclear if the infections are connected. Nine of the children are from Kansas and the rest are Missouri residents.

Rosenow says the department is working with the Missouri Health Department and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine if there have been other infections.

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