Toddler dies of enterovirus D68, a pernicious strain of a spreading virus

DETROIT — A Michigan toddler has died of enterovirus D68, another reminder of the deadly potential of a disease that has infected hundreds nationwide in two months.

Madeline Reid died at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, where she had been transferred “for advanced services,” according to the Detroit hospital’s chief medical officer, Dr. Rudolph Valentini.

“The CDC confirmed EV-D68 after her arrival here, and she subsequently succumbed to her illness,” Valentini said.

A Facebook page, dubbed “Team Maddie!,” devoted to the 21-month-old’s plight also confirmed the sad news.

“Madeline Reid became our angel at 2:55 p.m. (Friday),” read one post. “She passed peacefully in her mother and father’s arms.”

The little girl’s death spurred an outpouring of condolences online, from “rest in peace sweet baby girl” to “enjoy your wings.”

One of them read: “Your daughter touched more lives than you’ll probably ever know. May your Angel rest now.”

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