The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has included two additional states to the growing list of states with laboratory confirmed cases of the respiratory illness caused by Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68).
Pennsylvania and Oklahoma were added to that list today.
The CDC says Ffom mid-August to September 16, 2014, a total of 130 people from 12 states were confirmed to have respiratory illness caused by EV-D68. The 12 states are Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania. The cases of EV-D68 infection were confirmed by the CDC or state public health laboratories that notified CDC.
They also note that the main reason for increases in cases is that several states are investigating clusters of people with severe respiratory illness, and specimens are still being tested for EV-D68.
Testing for EV-D68 is complex and slower, and can only be done by CDC and a small number of state public health laboratories. As the backlog of specimens is processed, the number of states and confirmed cases will likely increase. These increases will not necessarily reflect changes in real time, or mean that the situation is getting worse. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page