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EV-D68 Infections Reported

What Is Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68)?

Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) was first identified in California in 1962. It is one of many non-polio enteroviruses, but its infections are thought to occur less commonly than infections with other enteroviruses. In fact, when compared to other enteroviruses, EV-D68 has been rarely reported in the United States for the last 40 years.

Symptoms

EV-D68 has been reported to cause mild to severe respiratory illness. However, the full spectrum of EV-D68 illness is not well-defined.

Transmission

EV-D68 is not frequently identified, so it is less studied and the ways it spreads are not as well understood as other enteroviruses. EV-D68 causes respiratory illness with a virus that can be found in respiratory secretions, such as saliva, nasal mucus, or sputum. The virus likely spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches contaminated surfaces.

Treatment

No specific treatment and no antiviral medications are currently available for treating EV-D68 infections. Many infections will be mild and self-limited, requiring only treatment of the symptoms. However, some people with severe respiratory illness caused by EV-D68 may need to be hospitalized and receive intensive supportive therapy.

Prevention

While 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