In a follow-up to a report yesterday, the suspected Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) outbreak that has spread in the Midwest and Southeast has been reported from two additional states, Michigan and Alabama, bringing the total states to 12. Thousands of children have been affected by the respiratory illness.
Missouri and Illinois have reported confirmed EV-D68 cases, most notably in Kansas City and Chicago, respectively.
Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their webpage on EV-D68, which goes over topics for the general public and health care providers including symptoms, transmission and treatment. In addition, it covers guidance for providers and information on laboratory testing.
In a CDC press briefing Monday, Dr. Anne Schuchat, Director of CDC’s National Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases said the situation is rapidly evolving and dynamic and it is unclear how long, or severe, this outbreak will be. More will be revealed about the outbreak during the next several days.