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Saturday, November 15, 2014

CDC: PULLS DOWN ENTEROVIRUS MAPS CITING INCREASE IN FLU AS REASON (NOT TRUE)

Enterovirus D68 in the United States, 2014

November 15, 2014
  • Over the last several months, the United States has experienced a nationwide outbreak of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) associated with severe respiratory illness.
    • From mid-August to November 12, 2014, CDC or state public health laboratories have confirmed a total of 1,116 people in 47 states and the District of Columbia with respiratory illness caused by EV-D68.*
    • Reports from most states over the last five weeks have indicated reduced EV-D68-like illness activity. However, EV-D68 infections could continue through late fall. Over the last two weeks, some states have reported increasing respiratory illness activity. However, since other seasonal respiratory viruses, such as influenza and respiratory syncytial virus, are starting to circulate now, we are not sure if this increase is caused by these seasonal viruses or EV-D68. See Activity of Enterovirus D68-like Illness in States.

Reports from most states over the last five weeks have indicated reduced EV-D68-like illness activity. However, EV-D68 infections could continue through late fall. Over the last two weeks, some states have reported increasing respiratory illness activity. However, since other seasonal respiratory viruses, such as influenza and respiratory syncytial virus, are starting to circulate now, we are not sure if this increase is caused by these seasonal viruses or EV-D68. Therefore, CDC has removed the EV-D68-like illness activity map.



FNN NOTE:  THIS STATEMENT IS PATENTLY FALSE.  THE CDC HAS THE ABILITY TO DISTINGUISH ENTEROVIRUS D68 ILLNESSES FROM INFLUENZA ILLNESSES VIA LABORATORY TESTING.  THERE IS NO REASON TO PULL THE MAPS DOWN!  NOT TO MENTION, INFLUENZA, IS AT A RECORD LOW FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR:





  • Every year, enteroviruses and rhinoviruses cause millions of respiratory illnesses in children. This year, EV-D68 has been the most common type of enterovirus identified, leading to increases in illnesses among children and affecting those with asthma most severely. Other rhinoviruses and enteroviruses continue to be detected as well. 
  • CDC has received substantially more specimens for enterovirus lab testing than usual this year, due to the large outbreak of EV-D68 and related hospitalizations.
    • CDC has prioritized testing of specimens from children with severe respiratory illness. There are likely many children affected with milder forms of illness. 
    • Of the more than 2,300 specimens tested by the CDC lab, about 40% have tested positive for EV-D68. About one third have tested positive for an enterovirus or rhinovirus other than EV-D68. 
    • Almost all the confirmed cases this year of EV-D68 infection have been among children. Many of the children had asthma or a history of wheezing.
  • EV-D68 has been detected in specimens from 12* patients who died and had samples submitted for testing. CDC is reporting test results to state health departments as we obtain them.