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What You Need to Know About Enterovirus D68

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Every year, millions of children in the United States catch enteroviruses that often lead to coughing, sneezing and fever. This year, the strain that’s causing the most concern and leading to respiratory illness in children is EV-D68. In mid-August, states across the country started seeing more children in hospitals with these symptoms. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expects the number of cases to taper off by late fall.

Know the signs and symptoms:

  • Mild - Fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches.
  • Severe - wheezing and difficulty breathing.

Protect your family:

  • 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 eating 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.
  • Stay home when you are sick and keep sick children out of school.

Treatment:

There is no specific treatment for EV-D68. Be sure to consult a doctor before giving medication to children.

To learn more about EV-D68, visit this CDC link: http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/EV-D68.html