How is enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) infection diagnosed?

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Enterovirus D68 can only be diagnosed by performing specific lab tests on specimens taken from a person’s nose and throat. This test is currently available only through a few labs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working on developing a test that will provide faster results.
Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) can only be diagnosed by doing specific laboratory tests on specimens from a person’s nose and throat.

Many hospitals and some doctor’s offices can test people who are ill to see if they have enterovirus infection. However, most cannot do specific testing to determine the type of enterovirus, such as EV-D68. It can only be diagnosed by doing specific laboratory tests on specimens from a person’s nose and throat. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and some state health departments are able to do this sort of testing.

CDC recommends that doctors only consider enterovirus D68 testing for people with severe respiratory illness and when the cause is unclear.

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