Enterovirus D-68

Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of more than 100 non-polio enteroviruses.  Non-polio enteroviruses are very common, and various strains circulate each year.  However, this year the number of people confirmed with EV-D68 is much greater than in previous years, and the symptoms are more severe.  Health officials are especially concerned this year because of the number of hospitalizations.    

EV-D68 was first identified in California in 1962.  Infants, children, and teenagers are most likely to get infected and become ill because they lack the immunity protection from previous exposures to these viruses.  Adults can also get infected, but are more likely to have no symptoms or only mild symptoms.




Prevention: 

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds
  • Use alcohol based hand sanitizers
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact 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

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