October 11, 2014
PHILADELPHIA — Jason Newland, MD, MEd, medical director of patient safety and systems reliability at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, discusses his own personal experience treating patients with enterovirus D68.
According to Newland, EV-D68 entered Children’s Mercy Hospital in August 2014, increasing hospital admissions, as well as ED visits. Although the majority of cases seen at the hospital have been respiratory illnesses, Newland said neurologic illness could be part of this virus. He urges clinicians to be aware of this possibility and consider children for EV-D68 if they present with respiratory illnesses prior to limb weakness.
Disclosure: Newland was a grant recipient and investigator for Pfizer.