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Health: Update on Viral Infection Enterovirus D68

posted Sep 29, 2014, 1:28 PM by TC Administrator
A viral infection,called Enterovirus D68, is on the rise around the country and getting lots of publicity. It is one of the 100 plus enteroviruses that circulates every year. Like other viruses it can cause mild to severe respiratory illnesses.  Coughing and wheezing can come on quickly especially with a history of asthma or compromised immune system.  There is no treatment, or anti-viral medications to treat this EV-D68 infection.  

Prevention is the key!  Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.  Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with 'dirty' hands. When your friends and family members are sick, do not share cups and avoid hugging/kissing.  Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, when someone is sick.

Many infections resolve on their own and require only treatment at home.  Drink plenty of fluids, rest, stay home so you do not spread the virus to others, and clean frequently to stop the spread of the virus to other family members.  You should, however, contact the physician if your child experiences difficulty breathing.
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