The number of confirmed Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) cases increased by two in the province of Alberta as Calgary reported the additional cases, bringing the total in the province to 52.

Image/Public domain photo/John Fowler via Wikimedia Commons
Image/Public domain photo/John Fowler via Wikimedia Commons

Calgary’s total is now up to 31, accounting for 60 percent of confirmed cases in the province.

South of the border in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that as of Monday, 594 people from 43 states and the District of Columbia have confirmed  respiratory illness caused by EV-D68.

The 43 states are Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

One pediatric death from EV-D68 was confirmed in New Jersey, the 1st reported fatality caused by the virus.

The CDC notes that Enteroviruses commonly circulate in summer and fall. We’re currently in middle of the enterovirus season, and EV-D68 infections are likely to decline later in the fall. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page