No Confirmed Cases of Enterovirus D68 at Seattle Children’s Hospital; Awaiting Further Test Results From CDC

For additional information, please refer to Public Health-Seattle & King County's press release on this issue


At this time there are no confirmed cases of EV-D68 at Seattle Children’s Hospital. However, we do have a small number of cases of severe respiratory disease in patients who have a positive screening test for rhinovirus or enterovirus infection. In conjunction with local public health authorities, additional testing has been requested at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At this time test results are pending and we expect to receive them sometime next week. For any hospitalized patients who test positive for rhinovirus or enterovirus, Seattle Children’s will continue to work closely with Public Health-Seattle & King County to determine if further testing for EV-D68 is needed. Seattle Children’s is also taking the necessary steps to prepare in the event that an EV-D68 outbreak occurs in our region and a large number of patients seek care in our emergency department or are hospitalized with respiratory illness.

Independent of whether or not EV-D68 is causing these illnesses, a significant portion of the children hospitalized with severe respiratory disease from a variety of causes have underlying asthma. It’s important for parents to seek medical help immediately if a child with asthma experiences more severe symptoms that do not improve as expected with rescue medications. For more information about when a child with asthma should see a doctor, please visit “Asthma Attack: Should Your Child See a Doctor.” For additional information about enterovirus EV-D68, please visit the Public Health-Seattle & King County and CDC websites.

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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