LabCorp has announced the availability of a reflex test to identify EV-D68.

 The EV-D68 PCR test determines the presence or absence of enteroviral RNA in a respiratory sample, and if positive, reflexes to an EV-D68-specific PCR test. The EV-D68 subtyping PCR test enables the presence or absence of the predominant D68 strain to be determined. “Understanding the underlying cause of this severe illness allows the clinician to manage symptoms appropriately through protocols like those issued by CDC, which may also help reduce further transmission of the virus,” said Dr. Mark Brecher, LabCorp’s Chief Medical Officer.

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