Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of more than 100 non-polio enteroviruses, which are thought to be responsible for a spectrum of diseases. EV-D68 is a respiratory illness that can be found in saliva and mucus, so infection tends to spread through coughing, sneezing, or contact with a contaminated surface. Generally, infants, children, and teenagers are at the highest risk of contracting EV-D68. However, adults can be infected with the virus, but their symptoms tend to be mild.
What are the symptoms of EV-D68?
- Runny nose/Sinus congestion
- Body and muscle aches
- Difficulty breathing
What are the treatment options for EV-D68?
Unfortunately, there are no specific treatments for EV-D68. The most important step is prevention.
- For mild respiratory illness, take over-the-counter pain medication and fever reducers
- For severe respiratory illness, seek immediate medical attention
- Wash hands often with soap and water
- Avoid contact with eyes, nose, and mouth with dirty hands
- Avoid close contact with individuals who are ill
- Cover coughs and sneezes with tissue or shirt sleeve
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs
- Stay home when you are sick
Christopher Valentine, M.D.
Pioneer Valley Hospital