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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NO CHANGES IN ENTEROVIRUS CASES SINCE THE LAST CDC UPDATE ON OCTOBER 10, 2014: BELIEVABLE OR NOT?

NO CHANGES IN THE NUMBER OF CASES OF ENTEROVIRUS D68 IN OVER 5 DAYS??


From mid-August to October 14, 2014, CDC or state public health laboratories have confirmed a total of 691 people from 46 states (SAME DATA AS October 10th, 2014)  and the District of Columbia with respiratory illness caused by EV-D68. The 46 states are Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. This indicates that at least one case has been detected in each state listed but does not indicate how widespread infections are in each state.
CDC has prioritized testing of specimens from children with severe respiratory illness since the outbreak began in August. Of the specimens tested by CDC lab, about half have tested positive for EV-D68. About one third have tested positive for an enterovirus or rhinovirus other than EV-D68.
CDC has developed, and started using on October 14, a new, faster lab test for detecting EV-D68 in specimens from people in the United States with respiratory illness. This new lab test will allow CDC to rapidly process the more than 1,000 remaining specimens received since mid-September. As a result, the number of confirmed EV-D68 cases will likely increase substantially in the coming days. These increases will not reflect changes in real time or mean the situation is getting worse.
Faster testing will help to better show the trends of this outbreak since August and to monitor changes occurring in real time.