Enterovirus-D68 in 22 States
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the once rare type of enterovirus that has landed thousands of children in the hospital with acute respiratory problems has spread coast to coast to 22 states, up from six just a week ago. Enterovirus-D68 has not resulted in any deaths. And, infectious disease experts say that’s because the nation's public health infrastructure has handled the outbreak in fine fashion. It was just 11 days ago that the C-D-C announced that it had confirmed 30 cases of EV-D68 at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, and Comer Children's Hospital. And, by September 12, the case count had risen to 97 confirmed cases, including six cases in Alabama.