The Enterovirus D68 Outbreak: A Public Health Concern

Tammie Lee Demler, BS, PharmD, MBA, BCPP


US Pharmacist. 2015;40(5):22-26. 

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EV-D68, a recognized infectious entity since the 1960s, has recently experienced a surge of identified cases. With improved laboratory testing technology now available to confirm diagnosis, scientists have suggested that this surge is more about "accurate disease confirmation" rather than an increase in overall incidence of EV-D68. While infection control specialists recognize that this infection continues to be a public health concern, the current focus is on standard viral infection precaution and prevention, with no news of novel vaccine or antiviral development targeted specifically for this illness on the horizon.