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Amid Ebola preparation, an EV-D68 outbreak

December 2014—In addition to preparing for Ebola patients, many clinical laboratories and hospitals in recent months faced outbreaks of respiratory illness caused by enterovirus D68 among children. “EV-D68 infections may be associated with severe acute respiratory illness, viral pneumonia, and severe reactive airway disease,” says Susan Novak, PhD, D(ABMM), director of microbiology at Kaiser Permanente Regional Reference Laboratories in Southern California. Focal limb weakness has also been reported as possibly related to EV-D68, she adds.

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Labs ramp up for Ebola patients, specimens

December 2014—Clinical laboratories have made impressive headway in their Ebola preparedness, though their plans are shaping up in different ways. That’s due, in part, to varying opinions about how to manage a dangerous and unpredictable virus. “We are really learning as we go along with this,” says D. Jane Hata, PhD, D(ABMM), director of microbiology and serology at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. For years there has been talk of the possibility of an airplane passenger bringing Ebola into the U.S., she says. “But we are on the ground now and we’re all actively planning to deal with this.”

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