Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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FIRST DEATH LINKED TO RARE VIRUS

NEW YORK - A 10-year-old girl who died last week in Rhode Island is the first confirmed death from a respiratory virus that has hospitalized hundreds of children across the United States, health authorities said.

The girl died from a staphylococcus aureus sepsis infection associated with Enterovirus D68, said Christina Batastini, a spokeswoman for the Rhode Island Department of Health. The child died within 24 hours of being taken to a hospital, she said.

The respiratory virus has been confirmed in 472 people, mostly children, in 41 states and Washington, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most infected with the virus suffer cold symptoms though it has caused breathing difficulties in some and may be linked to paralysis in 17 children. The CDC said it has detected EV-D68 in three patients who have died though the role the virus played in the deaths is unclear.

"We are all heartbroken to hear about the death of one of Rhode Island's children," Michael Fine, director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, said in a statement. "Many of us will have EV- D68. Most of us will have very mild symptoms and all but very few will recover quickly and completely."

TRUCK SALES HELP DETROIT

DETROIT - Big discounts on pickup trucks helped keep U.S. auto sales strong in September.

The pace was expected to slow from a blistering August, which was the best month for the industry in eight years. August got a boost from 2014 model year clearance sales and Labor Day promotions.

But September held its own, with analysts expecting sales to rise around 10 percent from a year ago.

While August was fueled by discounts on midsize cars, September saw good deals on pickup trucks. General Motors Co. and Chrysler hoped to take advantage of Ford, which temporarily closed a truck factory to retool for its new aluminum-clad F-150. Ford cut back on discounts in order to keep more trucks in stock during the shutdown.

Ford Motor Co. felt some pain as a result. Ford's sales dropped 3 percent to 180,175, and F-Series truck sales were down 1 percent to 59,863. It was the first time in seven months that Ford's monthly truck sales have dropped below 60,000. …

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