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Following confirmed clusters of enterovirus D68 in Kansas City and Chicago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is encouraging healthcare providers to consider enterovirus D68 as a possible cause of acute, unexplained severe respiratory illness and to report suspected clusters or outbreaks to local or state health departments. The agency is currently investigating suspected outbreaks in several states.

A report release Sept. 8 on the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report website, said in August the CDC was alerted by Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., of an increase (relative to the same period in previous years) in patients examined and hospitalized with severe respiratory illness, including some admitted to the pediatric ICU, and by the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital in Illinois of an increase in patients with similar symptoms. EV-D68 was identified in 19 of 22 specimens from Kansas City and in 11 of 14 specimens from Chicago.

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