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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 publication

DOI

10.2807/1560-7917.es.2019.24.6.1900093

Type

Journal

Eurosurveillance

Publisher

European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC)

Publication Date

07/02/2019

Volume

24