Enterovirus D68

What is an enterovirus?

  • Enteroviruses are a large group of viruses that can cause a number of illnesses, including lung infections

What is Enterorvirus D68?

  • Enterovirus D68 most often affects children, particularly those under the age of five. Children with breathing troubles, such as asthma or allergies, are more at risk.
  • This infection is most often seen in the fall.
  • It is not the flu (influenza)

Is it serious?

  • It can be serious. Some children have needed hospitalization, sometimes in the intensive care unit.
  • As of October 1, 2014, it is not yet clear whether Enterovirus D68 is linked with paralysis in children.


This virus starts off like a cold but can get worse and may cause breathing problems.

Symptoms can include:

  • Runny or stuffy nose or sneezing
  • Cough
  • Wheezing (particularly if there is a history of asthma or past wheezing)
  • Chest congestion
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Body aches

If your child gets sick:

  • Keep the child at home until better
  • Get them to rest
  • Provide plenty to drink
  • Treat the fever (with acetaminophen or ibuprofen – not Aspirin)
  • Antibiotics do NOT kill viruses

Children with asthma may need to take more asthma medicines

When to see your doctor or go to Emergency:

If your child has:

  • Rapid breathing or trouble breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing continuously
  • Not able to sleep
  • Hard time keeping fluids down

Stop the spread:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching face without washing hands
  • Avoid contact with others who are sick
  • Clean areas of the home often touched (i.e. door knobs, computers, counters, remotes)
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow

Click here to download or order the Enterovirus D68 Fact Sheet.

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Page Last Updated: 14/03/2017