The Maine Centers for Disease Control reported late yesterday they were notified by the Federal CDC of a single confirmed case of Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68).  The single case is in a school aged child from York County.  The child was hospitalized for several days with cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, retractions, cyanosis, vomiting, and chest pain.  The child was not in intensive care, and was released from the hospital and is recovered.

EV68-map-thmbThis makes Maine the 42nd state with at least one confirmed case of the respiratory virus.

According to the CDC, from mid-August to October 1, 2014, CDC or state public health laboratories have confirmed a total of 500 people from 42 states and the District of Columbia with respiratory illness caused by EV-D68.

In addition, the CDC reports EV-D68 has been detected in specimens from four patients who died and had samples submitted for testing. The role that EV-D68 infection played in these deaths is unclear at this time; and investigations are ongoing. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page