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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

CDC: UTAH / MASS / NC ADDED TO ENTEROVIRUS D68 (EV-D68) LIST 9/23/14

STATE OF UTAH ADDED TO ENTEROVIRUS OUTBREAK LIST
September 23, 2014

Note:  Wisconsin still not added despite confirmed case


From mid-August to September 23, 2014, a total of 213 people from 30 states were confirmed to have respiratory illness caused by EV-D68 The 28 states are (States added as of the CDC update on 9/23/14 are in BOLD type):
Alabama
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
District of Columbia
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana

Massachusetts 
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
New Jersey
New York

North Carolina
North Dakota
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
UTAH
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
(Note:  Wisconsin is not yet listed, however, we anticipate it will be added on the next update)
The cases of EV-D68 infection were confirmed by the CDC or state public health laboratories that notified CDC.  So far, all the cases have been among children, except for one adult.
In the upcoming weeks, more states will have confirmed cases of EV-D68 infection.
  • The primary reason for increases in cases is that several states are investigating clusters of people with severe respiratory illness, and specimens are still being tested for EV-D68. It can take a while to test specimens and obtain lab results. That’s because the testing is complex and slower, and can only be done by CDC and a small number of state public health laboratories. As the backlog of specimens is processed, the number of states and confirmed cases will likely increase. These increases will not necessarily reflect changes in real time, or mean that the situation is getting worse.  (Editor Note:  FNN has been in continuous contact with the CDC regarding this outbreak, and questioning the validity of this statement).
  • Some of the increase will be from new EV-D68 infections since people are more likely to get infected with enteroviruses in the summer and fall. We are currently in the middle of the enterovirus season.
As investigations progress, we will have a better understanding of the trends for EV-D68 infections.