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
- 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
- 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