4 sickened by illness in Va. out of hospital

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Four people sickened by an unidentified illness in Pulaski County have been released from the hospital.

The Virginia Department of Health told media outlets Sunday night that the patients were discharged from Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

Two other people died Friday from the illness. The department hasn't identified any of the victims.

An investigation of what the health department calls an "isolated illness" is continuing.

New River Health District director Dr. Molly O'Dell says no new cases have been reported. She says there's no indication that there's any public health risk.

Pulaski County emergency management coordinator Josh Tolbert has said the illness could be hantavirus.

Hantavirus is a rodent-borne illness. Infected people usually have flu-like symptoms including fever, shortness of breath, chills and muscle and body aches.

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