Enterovirus D68: What Local Health Departments Need to Know

Health officials are continuing to monitor an increase of non-polio enterovirus cases in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) can cause mild to severe respiratory illness and is spread like the flu. States with laboratory-confirmed EV-D68 now extend from the West to East coasts.

Local health departments are on the frontlines of infectious disease prevention and control. The 2013 National Profile of Local Health Departments reported that 91 percent of local health departments provide communicable/infectious disease surveillance. Examples of local health departments’ contributions to managing the EV-D68 outbreak include the following:

Collaborating with local, state, and federal partners

Investigating and responding to cases

Communicating with medical providers, local hospitals, the media, and community

For more information, visit the CDC EV-D68 webpage which includes answers to frequently asked questions, a map of states with CDC lab-confirmed cases, and health promotion resources.

Related resources: NACCHO has previously documented the critical role of local health departments in infectious disease outbreaks such as cyclosporiasis and fungal meningitis.

About Charlene Kemmerer
Charlene Kemmerer is a program analyst for NACCHO’s Infectious Disease Prevention and Control projects. She works with local health departments on such topics as healthcare-associated infections, antimicrobial resistance, vector-borne diseases, and outbreak response.

One thought on “Enterovirus D68: What Local Health Departments Need to Know

  1. Diane
    October 9, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Thank you Charlene for this information! Great resource!

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