HEALTH ADVISORY: HUMAN ENTEROVIRUS (EV-68)
There have been multiple clusters of respiratory illness outbreaks across the US in the last month; scientists say they believe the infections are caused by Enterovirus D68
The virus starts like the common cold; symptoms include sneezing, runny nose and a cough. This is all that happens for most people. But, a minority of persons may have more serious infections, particularly children with pre-existing asthma. Parents do not need to worry about runny noses and sniffles, but should act quickly to get medical help if a child has a high fever, rash, or has wheezing and difficulty breathing. Persons with asthma should be sure their asthma symptoms are under good control, and see a health care provider if they develop respiratory symptoms and their asthma worsens. Infants, children, and teens are more likely to become ill with the virus because they don’t yet have immunity (protection) from previous exposures.
SPREAD OF ENTEROVIRUS-68
SYMPTOMS OF ENTEROVIRUS-68
PREVENTION OF ENTEROVIRUS-68
There are no vaccines to prevent this infection, but you can decrease your risk of getting it:
FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus