Avian Flu Diary: Kansas City Outbreak Identified As HEV 68

Avian Flu Diary: Kansas City Outbreak Identified As HEV 68.

Local media reports (see Unusual respiratory virus strikes metro kids) from Kansas City, Mo. indicate that a rarely seen – and not yet well understood – respiratory virus called HEV 68 (Human Enterovirus 68) has sickened hundreds of kids in the region this week, and that the local Children’s Hospital is unusually at full census in late August.

Without specifying the pathogen, Children’s Mercy Hospitalposted the following notice yesterday on their website: Viruses in the Community Prompt Inpatient Visiting Restrictions.