An increase in reports of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) in the United Kingdom, 1 January 2018-21 January 2019: Early findings

The United Kingdom Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) Task Force

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Abstract

During 2018, the United Kingdom experienced an increase in reports of cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP). As at 21 January 2019, 40 cases had been identified with a peak in October 2018. The increase was temporally associated with an upsurge in enterovirus (EV) D68 activity. Enterovirus was detected in 15 cases, mainly from respiratory tract samples; nine were typed as EV-D68. A national task force has been established and investigations are ongoing.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1900093
Pages (from-to)1900093
Number of pages1
JournalEurosurveillance
Volume24
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We would like to acknowledge the work of the PHE Enteric Virus Unit staff (Stuart Beard, Cristina Celma, Karen Fuentes, Krunal Polra); the staff of the Polio Reference Service (Julian Hand, Christopher Lehane, Ola Miloszewska, and Suam Gonzalez), Roshina Gnanadurai and finally Dan Bradshaw and the staff of Clinical Service Unit.

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© 2019, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). All rights reserved.

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