Enterovirus D-68: risk assessment

Public Health England (PHE) risk assessment of the increase in reported cases of Enterovirus D-68 (EV-D68).


Risk assessment of Enterovirus D-68

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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
Published 29 January 2015
Last updated 25 October 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated 'Enterovirus D-68: risk assessment.'

  2. Added updated guidance and data.

  3. Replaced with updated document.

  4. First published.