Indiana and multiple states are seeing increased severe respiratory illnesses, especially in children, which are associated with a respiratory enterovirus, EV-D68, resulting in enhanced surveillance. At presstime, four Lake County children were confirmed as having the virus. EV-D68 symptoms may include cough, runny nose, sneezing and body/muscle aches.
To determine the strain identity of these infecting viruses, specimens are being sent to the Indiana Department of Health (ISDH) Laboratory for sequencing.
Contact Shawn Richards, ISDH outbreak supervisor, at (317) 233-7740, if you suspect outbreaks or unusual occurrences of respiratory illnesses in your patients. Richards will help you determine if specimens should be sent to the ISDH.
Find additional information about EV-D68 at the CDC website.