Dr. Unger was asked how the CDC is planning on responding to the IOM report. She said they are waiting until HHS reviews it, and then they will change their website and educational information for clinicians according to what the HHS decides.
She was also asked about the 30 or so samples which Dr. John Chia had sent in last Sept, 2014. She said that their lab which checks enteroviruses has been busy with another outbreak but will be able to check his samples starting next month in March.
Dr. Montoya was asked for his response to the IOM report. He appreciated it first of all for calling this a disease. This will greatly help with doctors and the research community. He also appreciated that the definition is no longer one of exclusion, so that patients won't have to wait for years and go to doctor after doctor to be tested for all kinds of things first. Thirdly he appreciated that IOM called for a lot more research funding but was disappointed that they did not name a number. He thinks that $100 million in the hands of the best researchers, using the best techniques, would crack the code (my phrase) of this illness. Perhaps he meant as a yearly budget, I am not sure.
As for the details of the research underway which he spoke about, I am not sufficiently familiar with it all to know if there was much new information in what he had to say. My impression was that there were some new points. Those very familiar with the current research will be able to pick up what is new, and I hope you will let the rest of us know