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The 17 states includes Virginia. Here are five (5) things to know about Enterovirus D68.

Via KTUU

Since mid-August, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had confirmed 140 cases of respiratory illness caused by Enterovirus D68 in 16 states: Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

New Jersey also has confirmed a case of EV-D68, according to Donna Leusner, director of communications for the New Jersey Department of Health.

And “in the upcoming weeks, more states will have confirmed cases of EV-D68 infection,” the CDC said in a statement Wednesday.

“Several states are investigating clusters of people with severe respiratory illness, and specimens are still being tested for EV-D68. It can take a while to test specimens and obtain lab results… These increases will not necessarily reflect changes in real time, or mean that the situation is getting worse.”

Canadian health officials have confirmed three cases of Enterovirus D68 in British Columbia. A fourth suspected case from a patient with severe respiratory illness is still under investigation.

Two of the confirmed cases are children between 5 and 9, said Dr. Danuta Skowronski, lead epidemiologist on emerging respiratory viruses at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control. The third is a teen between 15 and 19.

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We told you the rare, potentially deadly Enterovirus was hitting kids in 10 states. Now, it seems, the virus might have spread to Richmond, Virginia.

Via RTD

Virginia health officials still don’t know if a rare respiratory virus that has slammed children in the Midwest is also what is making some local children sick.

Testing may take several days or longer, said Dr. Laurie Forlano, state epidemiologist at the Virginia Department of Health.

“Given the epidemiologic information from other parts of the country which is informing our investigation, we – local and state health departments – are working with clinicians caring for the patients and are helping to facilitate laboratory testing which will take some time, at least several days if not longer,”

“The specific typing of the virus will likely need to be sent to CDC. When and if EV-D68 is laboratory confirmed in Virginia, we will certainly make people aware,” Forlano said.

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