It is important to know that you have an Enterovirus infection so that you can REST. Rest is critical for the body to fight EV infections, because certain levels of exercise can aggravate them.
Steroids or antibiotics can also worsen chronic viral infections like EV because they suppress the immune system. Ruling it out would be important if your doctor wants to prescribe these types of medications.
Ruling out an EV infection provides a peace of mind for patients who don't know why they are sick. And if you have been diagnosed as having Lyme Disease, rule out an EV infection!!
ILADS believes that current Lyme testing is largely inaccurate and likely to miss patients with chronic and ongoing infections, especially viral.
Ruling It Out
An MD orders an antibody test (blood) for both coxsackie and echoviruses. The patient has their blood drawn, and waits 2 weeks for the results.
LabCorp in Salt Lake City Utah can reliably perform these tests. Any antibody value>80 is elevated. A value of 640 wold be 8 times the normal value.
Chronically elevated antibodies can implicate a chronic EV infection, as well as a four-fold rise in antibody titers. It would be beneficial to repeat the antibody test twice within a 6 month period.
After an elevated antibody test, patients can confirm a chronic EV infection by undergoing an endoscopy. Since Enteroviruses thrive in the GI tract, their viral protein and RNA can be found in stomach tissue.
A GI doctor collects a piece of tissue during an endoscopy, and sends the tissue to an immunochemistry laboratory.
EV MED is a laboratory in Torrance, CA that can perform the test.