Florida is the state with the third highest tally of coronavirus cases in the country, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
While states with a smaller number of cases reported smaller numbers of virus-related deaths, the CDC says in a news release that across the 15 states with the highest number of cases, 27 have seen more than 10 cases. Florida has so far seen 5, followed by Indiana with 5 and Florida again with 5. The state with the most cases in the country is California with 80, followed by Pennsylvania with 61.
The virus is known in the scientific community as enterovirus 68, though it’s not a part of the SARS family. The virus is widespread in many countries, and scientists originally isolated it in 1947 from a patient in Iowa. While the virus isn’t infectious to humans, it is known to cause outbreaks of respiratory disease among a small population of children and the elderly.
The virus has been linked to pneumonia, which is most closely associated with respiratory diseases. In addition to generally getting better, patients who get the virus also usually go into remission from the illness.
Enterovirus is usually spread to the community by the breathing of people who have it, which leaves some open for it to spread outside the hospitals. However, the CDC says it only has cause to worry when children are hospitalized for their health. There has also been some suspected transmission to children at sports events and elsewhere, and two kids have died from the virus.