The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is confirming the first cases in the State of Enterovirus-D68 (EV-D6), a respiratory virus that is spreading across the United States. Two children from Hillsborough County have been identified as having the virus. They were briefly hospitalized but have since been discharged without reported complications.
The confirmatory results came from the New York State Department of Health Labs today. DHHS continues to monitor the situation and is offering assistance to healthcare providers and hospitals in testing for the virus if needed.
“This is a concerning finding but unfortunately not an unexpected one,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. “We have been watching out for the arrival of EV-D68 and doing testing and will continue to monitor for it closely. People who have asthma, especially children, are encouraged to be vigilant in taking their asthma controlling medications.”
In addition to the New Hampshire cases, from mid-August to September 26, 2014, CDC or state public health laboratories have confirmed a total of 277 people from 40 states and the District of Columbia with respiratory illness caused by EV-D68. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page