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Information about the Enterovirus (EV-D68)

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of many non-polio enteroviruses. Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) infections are thought to occur less commonly than infections with other enteroviruses. EV-D68 was first identified in California in 1962. Until very recently, EV-D68 has been rarely reported in the United States for the last 40 years.
Those infected with the Enterovirus develop mild to severe respiratory illnesses. There are reports that some patients have been hospitalized due to this illness.

There are no vaccines for preventing EV-D68 infections, however you can help protect yourself from respiratory illnesses by following these steps:
Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers or using the bathroom
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick
Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick
If you or your child gets sick with a respiratory illness, limit contact with others as much as possible to help prevent spreading illness. Stay home (or keep your child home) for at least 24 hours after fever is gone except to seek medical care or for other necessities. Fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
Take steps to ensure optimal control of asthma in children.

Common symptoms of a respiratory infection include:

  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Cough
  • Skin rash
  • Mouth blisters
  • Body and muscle aches

If parents suspect their child is showing symptons of a respiratory illness, they should contact their child's physician.