Child With Enterovirus 68 Dies in Rhode Island

Health officials confirmed that a girl with enterovirus 68 has died.

After the Rhode Island announcement, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that four patients who died later tested positive for the virus that's infecting children across the country. It is not clear what role the virus played in these deaths, but the CDC said state and local health officials are investigating.

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"Things became dire," Fine said.

She died of Staphylococcus aureus sepsis, which he said was "associated with" her enterovirus 68 infection. Staphylococcus aureus is a bacteria that lives in about 30 percent of people's noses and usually doesn't cause any problems, according to the CDC. It can be serious or fatal when it results in sepsis, which is body-wide inflammation that results from an infection, according to the CDC. Sepsis can cause blood flow problems, which leads to organ failure.