Re-emergence of enterovirus D68 in Europe after easing the COVID-19 lockdown, September 2021.

Benschop KS, Albert J, Anton A, Andrés C, Aranzamendi M, Armannsdóttir B, Bailly JL, Baldanti F, Baldvinsdóttir GE, Beard S, Berginc N, Böttcher S, Blomqvist S, Bubba L, Calvo C, Cabrerizo M, Cavallero A, Celma C, Ceriotti F, Costa I, Cottrell S, Del Cuerpo M, Dean J, Dembinski JL, Diedrich S, Diez-Domingo J, Dorenberg D, Duizer E, Dyrdak R, Fanti D, Farkas A, Feeney S, Flipse J, De Gascun C, Galli C, Georgieva I, Gifford L, Guiomar R, Hönemann M, Ikonen N, Jeannoël M, Josset L, Keeren K, López-Labrador FX, Maier M, McKenna J, Meijer A, Mengual-Chuliá B, Midgley SE, Mirand A, Montes M, Moore C, Morley U, Murk JL, Nikolaeva-Glomb L, Numanovic S, Oggioni M, Palminha P, Pariani E, Pellegrinelli L, Piralla A, Pietsch C, Piñeiro L, Rabella N, Rainetova P, Uceda Renteria SC, Romero MP, Reynders M, Roorda L, Savolainen-Kopra C, Schuffenecker I, Soynova A, Swanink CM, Ursic T, Verweij JJ, Vila J, Vuorinen T, Simmonds P, Fischer TK, Harvala H

Euro Surveill 26 (45) - [2021-11-00; online 2021-11-13]

We report a rapid increase in enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) infections, with 139 cases reported from eight European countries between 31 July and 14 October 2021. This upsurge is in line with the seasonality of EV-D68 and was presumably stimulated by the widespread reopening after COVID-19 lockdown. Most cases were identified in September, but more are to be expected in the coming months. Reinforcement of clinical awareness, diagnostic capacities and surveillance of EV-D68 is urgently needed in Europe.

Category: Health

Type: Journal article

PubMed 34763750

DOI 10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2021.26.45.2100998

Crossref 10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2021.26.45.2100998


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