Here's Why Enterovirus D68 Diagnoses Are Expected to Rise...

A new spike in enterovirus D68 diagnoses is expected to crop up over the next few days, but this is one that parents shouldn't worry about, the Associated Press reports.

As of Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention implemented a new, faster lab test that will help the agency process a backlog of cases that have accumulated since mid-September at a rate of "four to five times more specimens per day than it has been."

That means the number of reported cases will likely increase from around 30 per day to 90 or more, according to AP.

According to a news release, this change will allow the CDC to observe "the trends of this outbreak since August and to monitor changes occurring in real time."

Enterovirus D68 is one of over 100 kinds of non-polio enteroviruses and has infected 796 people as of Thursday, the CDC reports. While it has had a more severe outbreak than normal this season, this virus was first identified in 1962 and has been tracked by scientists since then.

To learn more about enterovirus D68, read our interview with Dr. Delaney Gracy, Chief Medical Officer at Children's Health Fund.

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