An additional confirmed case of Entervirus D68 (EV-D68) was detected in Calgary, bringing the total confirmed cases in the province to 50, according to Alberta Health Services.
Calgary and Edmonton zones have reported the most confirmed cases at 29 and 13, respectively.
In addition, four children have been admitted to the Alberta Children’s Hospital this past week suffering from paralysis. Health officials investigating the cases say the patients have not been diagnosed with Enterovirus D68, according to a CBC News report.
Alberta health officials say there has been no paralysis in any of the 50 confirmed EV-D68 cases in the province.
Enteroviruses are a common group of viruses that can cause various types of illness, including respiratory illness that effects the nose, throat and lungs.
At this time, it is NOT known whether the cases of EV-D68 recently confirmed in Alberta are the same strain as the strain of EV-D68 currently circulating in the USA.
In the US, as of October 1, 2014, a total of 500 people in 42 states and the District of Columbia have been confirmed to have respiratory illness caused by EV-D68. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page