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National reference laboratories in England and Wales have observed an expected biannual increase in detections of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) during summer and autumn 2018.
EV-D68 infection causes a spectrum of illness, but infection can be associated with severe acute respiratory infections and acute neurological illness, including acute flaccid paralysis/myelitis and meningoencephalitis.
This risk assessment:
advises on the current risks of EV-D68 infections and complications in the UK
provides advice for healthcare professionals on diagnosing EV-D68 infections
advises on investigating and reporting cases of acute flaccid paralysis/myelitis