Enterovirus EV-D68

The New York State Department of Health has issued an advisory related to enterovirus EV-D68; a serious respiratory illness that has been confirmed in over a dozen children in New York State. This virus can cause severe respiratory illness in children especially those with asthma and other chronic respiratory conditions, sometimes resulting in hospitalization. According to the CDC, school-age children are most likely to get infected with such enteroviruses and become ill because they do not yet have immunity (protection) from previous exposures to these viruses. 

According to the NYSDOH, the EV-D68 virus is transmitted through close contact with a person who is already infected, and/or by touching objects or surfaces contaminated with the virus and then touching one's mouth, nose, or eyes. There is no specific treatment or ant-viral medication available.
Symptoms (include but not limited to):

  • Fever, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, and body aches.

  • Any symptoms reported-see your healthcare provider for accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Prevention Tips:

  • Wash hands frequently

  • Avoid touching of eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands

  • Avoiding direct contact (kissing, hugging, etc) and sharing cups/utensils with those that are sick

  • Disinfect surfaces and shared objects frequently

Resources:

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