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Posted 9/1/18

What is Enterovirus-D68?

Enterovirus-D68 is a virus that causes a respiratory illness and is circulating in Northern California. The Public Health Department is working with local hospitals to identify and conduct testing on children hospitalized with serious respiratory infections. However it can occur at any age.

Symptoms are similar to the symptoms of a cold or flu which include:

·         Coughing

·         Sneezing

·         Runny nose

·         Body aches

·         Or fever—In this out break many children do not have a fever.

There is no vaccine to protect against Enterovirus-D68

An infected person can spread the virus through:

·         Coughing or sneezing by an infected person

·         Contaminated objects and surfaces with respiratory secretions

·         Enteroviruses in general can also be spread in the stool

You can help protect yourself by washing your hands often with soap and water especially after using the restroom. Hand hygiene with soap and water is preferred as alcohol based hand sanitizers have limited effectiveness against enteroviruses.

There is no specific treatment for Enterovirus-D68. However some things can be done to relieve symptoms:

·         Taking over the counter medications to relieve fever (Caution: Aspirin should not be given to children.)

·         Drinking liquids to stay hydrated.

Persons who are concerned about their symptoms should contact their health care provider.

Students need to remain home when until they are without a fever for more than 24 hours

http://www.acphd.org/enterovirus