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

Kimberley Sm Benschop, Jan Albert, Andres Anton, Cristina Andrés, Maitane Aranzamendi, Brynja Armannsdóttir, Jean-Luc Bailly, Fausto Baldanti, Guðrún Erna Baldvinsdóttir, Stuart Beard, Natasa Berginc, Sindy Böttcher, Soile Blomqvist, Laura Bubba, Cristina Calvo, Maria Cabrerizo, Annalisa Cavallero, Cristina Celma, Ferruccio Ceriotti, Inês CostaSimon Cottrell, Margarita Del Cuerpo, Jonathan Dean, Jennifer L Dembinski, Sabine Diedrich, Javier Diez-Domingo, DagnyHaug Dorenberg, Erwin Duizer, Robert Dyrdak, Diana Fanti, Agnes Farkas, Susan Feeney, Jacky Flipse, Cillian de Gascun, Cristina Galli, Irina Georgieva, Laura Gifford, Raquel Guiomar, Mario Hönemann, Niina Ikonen, Marion Jeannoël, Laurence Josset, Kathrin Keeren, F Xavier López-Labrador, Melanie Maier, James McKenna, Adam Meijer, Beatriz Mengual-Chuliá, Sofie E Midgley, Audrey Mirand, Milagrosa Montes, Catherine Moore, Ursula Morley, Jean-Luc Murk, Lubomira Nikolaeva-Glomb, Sanela Numanovic, Massimo Oggioni, Paula Palminha, Elena Pariani, Laura Pellegrinelli, Antonio Piralla, Corinna Pietsch, Luis Piñeiro, Núria Rabella, Petra Rainetova, Sara Colonia Uceda Renteria, María P Romero, Marijke Reynders, Lieuwe Roorda, Carita Savolainen-Kopra, Isabelle Schuffenecker, Aysa Soynova, Caroline Ma Swanink, Tina Ursic, Jaco J Verweij, Jorgina Vila, Tytti Vuorinen, Peter Simmonds, Thea K Fischer, Heli Harvala

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Abstract

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. Keywords: acute flaccid myelitis; enterovirus; enterovirus D68; respiratory infection; surveillance; typing.

Other keywords

  • acute flaccid myelitis
  • enterovirus
  • enterovirus D68
  • respiratory infection
  • surveillance
  • typing
  • COVID-19
  • Öndunarfærasjúkdómar
  • Enterovirus Infections
  • Respiratory Tract Infections

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