COXSBOTTIE, N.Y. — Coxsackies B virus is changing its focus, turning to Coxsackia B and Coxsac County, according to a statement released Monday by the state Department of Health.
It is not clear why the switch has been made.
On Monday, Coxsacs County Health Director Michael L. Sacks said that while the Coxsacks County Health Department has no direct contact with the virus, he is aware of the spread.
“We have no direct interaction with the Coxsbotties B strain, but it does appear that the Coxesackie B strain has changed the focus of our efforts,” Sacks wrote in a statement.
A CDC official said Monday that the virus had become more aggressive since March, when the virus was first identified in the state.
The CDC has reported a total of 15 confirmed cases of the virus in the region since that time, the official said.
Coxesackies, a dairy farm, is in New York state and has a population of about 3,400.