What is enterovirus D68 (EV-D68)?
Enterovirus D68, pronounced “enter-o-vy-rus” is one of a family of 100 enteroviruses that causes respiratory and other symptoms that can be mild to severe. Mild symptoms include: runny nose, sneezing, and coughing, fever, and body aches. Severe symptoms include: wheezing and trouble breathing.
How do people get this virus?
The virus is found in an infected person’s mucous, saliva and/or sputum (secretions from the lungs). EV-D68 likely spreads when an infected person sneezes or coughs close to a non-infected person. The virus can also be spread by touching contaminated objects or surfaces.
How can a person tell if they have enterovirus D68?
The only way a person can tell for sure if they have EV-D68 is by seeing health care provider and getting a special test. Most people do not need a test unless they have been exposed to an infected person.
Can enterovirus D68 be prevented?
There are ways to lower a person’s risk for getting infected with the EV-D68 virus (as well as many other illnesses that are spread from person to person).
- Avoid being around people who are sick-don’t kiss, hug or share cups or silverware with anyone who is ill.
- Avoid shaking hands with others.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use hand sanitizer when you can’t wash your hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough.
- Wash your hands before touching your nose, mouth, or eyes.
- Clean surfaces with a disinfectant when anyone in your family is sick.
If you have asthma, you should also:
- Take your medicine to control your breathing
- Follow your asthma action plan.
- Get a flu shot.
- If your symptoms get worse or they don’t go away, call your health care provider right away.
The Center for Disease Control