Cincinnati confirms positive test results for Enterovirus-D68

Posted by on October 28, 2014
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CINCINNATI, Ohio – Enterovirus-D68, a severe respiratory illness that mainly affects children and teens has been confirmed in both Cincinnati and Dayton.

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has confirmed 11 cases of EV-D68, while Dayton Children’s Hospital has confirmed eight cases. The recent outbreak of infections has been suspected for months, but now the Ohio Department of Health has indeed confirmed the positive results.

The wait took so long due to samples having to be tested by the CDC, which has been dealing with Ebola as of late. A spokeswoman says the hospitals had to send the tests to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and that a backlog is why they are just now getting confirmation.

Health experts say an extra strong strain of the respitory virus sickened more children than usual this year.

EV-D68 can cause mild to severe respiratory illness.

  • Mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches.
  • Severe symptoms may include wheezing and difficulty breathing.

EV-D68 can only be diagnosed by doing specific lab tests on specimens from a person’s nose and throat. Parents should inform their child’s doctors of the symptoms present and the possibility of EV-D68.

Many hospitals and some doctor’s offices can test ill patients to see if they have enterovirus infection. However, most cannot do specific testing to determine the type of enterovirus, like EV-D68. CDC and some state health departments can do this sort of testing.

There is no specific treatment for people with respiratory illness caused by EV-D68. Health experts advise good hand washing, not sharing utensils and to stay home if you’re not feeling well.

Crossposted from Examiner.com.


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