New Enterovirus 68 Test Will Examine Spike In Illness Cases In Kids

October 14, 2014 6:50 PM

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NEW YORK (AP) — For more than two months, health officials have been struggling to understand the size of a national wave of severe respiratory illnesses caused by an unusual virus. This week, they expect the wave to start looking a whole lot bigger.

But that's because a new test will be speeding through a backlog of cases. Starting Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is using a new test to help the agency process four or five times more specimens per day that it has been.

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