Providers To Report Cases Possibly Linked to Mysterious Illness in Colorado
Department of Health and Human Resources officials filed an order Wednesday requiring health care providers to report all cases that may be linked to a mysterious neurologic illness that has been seen in children in Colorado.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is making the request nationwide.
The CDC is investigating the illness of a cluster of nine pediatric patients in Colorado, all hospitalized with acute neurologic illness with limb weakness of undetermined origin that might be linked to the enterovirus D68.
CDC’s Health Advisory was shared with providers across the country to determine if there are children with similar findings being cared for in other states.
West Virginia has had four confirmed cases of respiratory illness caused by EV-D68 in three counties: Greenbrier, Wirt and Wood.
To date, in West Virginia, there have been no reports of the illness causing numbness similar to that seen in Colorado.
DHHR officials advise continued standard enterovirus precautions including washing hands frequently with soap and water and covering coughs and sneezes.