Enterovirus D68 reaches Oregon

The CDC said EV-D68 can cause mild to severe respiratory illness.

Doctor's stethoscope (File, Feb. 24, 2009 AP Photo/Eckehard Schulz)
Doctor's stethoscope (File, Feb. 24, 2009 AP Photo/Eckehard Schulz)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Enterovirus D68 has reached Oregon.

Jonathan Modie with the Oregon Health Authority confirmed Thursday that there are four cases in two counties across the state. Three of the cases are in Multnomah County and one is in Deschutes County.

All patients are under the age of 17.

“We’re not surprised it’s appeared here given the clusters around the country,” Modie told KOIN 6 News.

Dr. Richard Leman, an Oregon public health physician said the likelihood of seeing more cases in Oregon is low.

“I would actually expect to see low levels of illness. As I said, we have been in communication with folks in healthcare around the state to find out whether there have been increases in severe respiratory disease in these populations and we have not seen that,” he said.

On September 29, the CDC confirmed in 277 cases of Enterovirus D68  in 40 states, including Washington.

EV-D68 has existed for decades, often affecting children with asthma.

Hundreds of confirmed diagnoses has experts recommending parents be extra vigilant, especially if their child experiences muscle weakness.

Children should be reminded to avoid spreading germs by washing their hands, and sneezing into their sleeves.

On their website, the CDC said EV-D68 can cause mild to severe respiratory illness.

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