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Information Regarding the Enterovirus D68Go To Top of Page

Information Regarding the Enterovirus D68
*What are the symptoms of EV-D68 infection?

EV-D68 can cause mild to severe respiratory illness.
Mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches.
Severe symptoms may include wheezing and difficulty breathing. See EV-D68 in the U.S. 2014, for details about infections occurring this year.
Anyone with respiratory illness should contact their doctor if they are having difficulty breathing or if their symptoms are getting worse.
*Who is at risk?
In general, infants, children, and teenagers are most like to get infected with enteroviruses and become ill. That's because they do not yet have immunity (protection) from previous exposures to these viruses. We believe that this is also true for EV-D68. Adults can get infected with enteroviruses, but they are more likely to have no symptoms or mild symptoms.
Children with asthma may have a larger risk for severe respiratory illness caused by EV-D68 infection.
*How can I protect myself?
You can help prevent yourself from getting and spreading EV-D68 and other respiratory illnesses by following these steps:
-Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
-Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
-Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or utensils with people who are sick.
-Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not your hands.
-Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially is someone is sick.
-Stay home when you are sick.

There are no vaccines for preventing EV-D68 infections.

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