CDC Has New Enterovirus D68 Test

October 15, 2014 4:33 PM

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In a development that could help clear its backlog of specimens awaiting testing, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced it has developed a faster test for Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68).

Testing for the virus is not mandatory, but as EV-D68 has been reported across the nation, the CDC’s labs have been swamped. Since the outbreak of EV-D68 began in August, CDC has tested 1163 specimens submitted by hospitals and from 45 states. Only a few states, including New York, have laboratorie...

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