Enterovirus 68: What You Need to Know

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Oct. 6, 2014 (San Diego) This virus made its appearance in the 1960s. It is making the rounds this year. So far it has been confirmed in 48 states. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) signs and symptoms are as follows:

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.

Since it may look like the common cold, if any member of the household gets worse, get medical care.. Those who are most at risk, according to medical experts, have underlying medical conditions, such as Asthma. It can also come with paralysis.

So far five children have been diagnosed in San Diego, and more are expected since we are just at the beginning of the cold and flu season.

The CDC recommendations to prevent getting sick are as follows:

 

  • 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, especially if someone is sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.

So far two children, a 4-year-old in Rhode Island, and a 10-year-old in New Jersey and two adults in Denver have passed due to this disease.

 

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