It may seem kind of early to have to think about a new virus, but there seems to be one on the radar.
What you need to know about the Enterovirus D68
According to the CDC, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of many non-polio enteroviruses. Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) infections are thought to occur less commonly than infections with other enteroviruses. EV-D68 was first identified in California in 1962. Compared with other enteroviruses, EV-D68 has been rarely reported in the United States for the last 40 years.
This virus has been seen most recently in the Midwest.
Symptoms of the virus:
The CDC says it’s like a mild to severe respiratory illness.
Transmission of the virus:
The virus likely spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches contaminated surfaces.
Treatment of the virus:
There is no specific treatment at this time however, beyond treating the symptoms, some people have required hospitalization.
How to prevent catching this virus:
According to the cdc:
- There are no vaccines for preventing EV-D68 infections.
- You can help protect yourself from respiratory illnesses by following these steps:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick
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