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State: CDC lab results show still no confirmed cases of Enterovirus-D68 in Washington

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Courtesy CDC

SEATTLE — The state Department of Health said Tuesday there are still no confirmed cases of Enterovirus-D68 in Washington, after the first samples were tested by the CDC and found to be negative.

Earlier Tuesday, Seattle Children’s Hospital said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the first two samples from ill children it sent the lab came back negative for Enterovirus D68.

Other samples are still being tested, it said.

“There are several children who have been hospitalized throughout the state with enterovirus or rhinovirus,” the Washington State Department of Health said. “We are still awaiting several test results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Results so far have been negative for EV-D68 from the CDC. ”

Seattle Children’s said Tuesday they have now had 62 children since Sept. 1 with confirmed cases of some form of Enterovirus/Rhinovirus.

Enterovirus D68 is the contagious virus that has sickened thousands of children across the country.

Health officials warned that if EV-D68 does appear locally, a large number of children could develop respiratory infections in a short time period.

Typically, the virus does not require hospitalization and is generally mild, much like the common cold. People who do not have severe illness do not need to seek medical evaluation or testing for EV-D68.

Enteroviruses are very common viruses with over 100 types, officials said, but the EV-D68 type has previously been uncommon in the U.S.

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In other states, the EV-D68 outbreaks are resulting in significant numbers of children requiring emergency department visits and hospitalizations, officials said.

The virus can be particularly detrimental to children with asthma.

“It’s important for families to make sure asthma symptoms are under control, and to see a health care provider if a person with asthma develops a respiratory illness that worsens asthma symptoms,” Duchin said.

There is no vaccine for enterovirus infections. To decrease the risk for enterovirus infections:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds (alcohol hand gel is not as good as hand washing for enteroviruses)
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid contact with ill people
  • Do not go to day care, school or work while ill
  • Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick
  • Children and adults with asthma should be sure to have their asthma symptoms under control and see a health care provider if they develop a respiratory infection and their asthma worsens

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27 comments

  • Dion

    Uncommon in USA, everywhere in South America, POS BARRY Open Border Soetoro dumping Parasites to feed off what’s left of working class… Traitors #1 job is secure our sovereign nation from all invaders foreign & domestic. Hang him…

  • Robert

    A virus could come from the hundreds if not thousands of international flights everyday. Or it could occur naturally like it has before. Or -ouch- all this thinking hurts. Yeah it was probably Obama.

    • thinker

      Thanks for doing all that thinking for everyone else because heaven knows all our problems are because of children so desperate they’d leave their families and travel alone to seek refuge in our country.

  • Vikki M

    Robert, this virus hasn’t been seen in our country in over 30 years! You think it’s just a fluke that the hundreds of thousands of illegals entering our country with NO medical exam don’t have anything to do with this?? Wake up, man!!

  • kristal

    I have the same question as eveyone else…… I’m very concerned for my children and everyone else’s… I’m extremely afraid right know should I be????? 😦😦

  • Danni

    My daughter has cystic fibrosis which is a genetic lung disease. We are supposed to go to Choldren’s tomorrow and this coming Tuesday. If she contracts this, it could kill her.

    • Tom, Dick & Harry

      I think you should maybe outfit her with a surgical mask. The one’s with the really good filters are sold at Home Depot, instead of the flimsy surgical ones.

  • Robert

    I guess the outbreaks in the Netherlands, Japan, Australia and the Phillipines over the last few years were caused by these kids too. America, land of the fearful and willfully ignorant.

    • Calvin

      So do you know how this particular strain, D68, arrived here? Has its spread been recorded and traced? Is it possible that it arrived in the US via some international traveler or immigrant, legal or illegal? Of course it could because that is how such viruses spread. Perhaps it was Hillary or Obama who picked it up as they traveled the world
      Or George Soros? Or Bill Gates? Or one of the Koch brothers or both of them. Or maybe an immigrant from the last place that this virus was documented such as Honduras or Guatemala. We could decide this by popular vote or actually research the issue to identify the means by which it spread here.

  • Tasha

    You miscreants blaming this virus on illegal immigrants is absolutely disgusting. It’s folks like you that give Americans that stereotypical image they’ve been tagged with. Honest ignorance I can forgive, willful ignorance and deliberate stupidity……nope.

    • Not Barry

      Opinions vary Tasha. I have read that since children began school this season cases have increased. It is interesting that many of the cases reported have been in public schools, not in any private schools were it is unlikely were any illegal aliens would be enrolled.

    • williams.drock@yahoo.com

      I find it interesting that the last reported cases of this strain of virus is from Honduras and Guatemala. HMMMMM….. I’m not a rocket scientist, but aren’t there a bunch of illegals from those countries flooding the gates here in America? Call liberal ignorance or denial, but you seriously are misguided (and probably stupid!)

  • Daniel

    I am not a Obama supporter, in fact I cannot wait till he leaves office, but to blame him for this… I’m not biting. It’s just like whiny liberals that blame Bush (another President I have issues with) for everything.

  • April Davis

    Give me a brake quit blamming innocent children for a heath crisis, its not obamas fault either hes just cleaning up bush’s mess and getting slammed doing it….