Information on Enterovirus 68:
Information from the Virginia Department of Health:
VDH Closely Monitoring Increased Nationwide Activity of Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68)
A recent report in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of two clusters of severe respiratory illness among hospitalized children in Missouri and Illinois where the illness was confirmed to be due to enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) has raised concerns about the potential spread of this virus.
As of October 3, 2014, EV-D68 has been laboratory confirmed in the Central, Northern and Eastern Regions of Virginia.
Enteroviruses are very common viruses, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 10 to 15 million enterovirus infections occur in the United States every year, with most infections occurring during the summer and fall. Enteroviruses likely spread from person to person when an infected person sneezes, coughs or touches contaminated surfaces.
EV-D68 was first identified in California in 1962, and is a less common strain of enterovirus.
The Virginia Department of Health is working with hospitals statewide and the CDC in investigating any suspected clusters of respiratory illness. There is no specific treatment or vaccine for EV-D68 infections. Many infections will be mild and self-limited, but some people with severe respiratory illness caused by EV-D68 may need to be hospitalized and receive intensive supportive care.
Citizens can help protect themselves from respiratory illnesses by frequently washing their hands with soap and water, avoiding close contact with sick people and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.
For more information, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/EV-D68.html?s_cid=cdc_homepage_whatsnew_001
For additional information on the current regional outbreak of Enterovirus 68:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This site includes information on:
- Reported infections
- Map of states with confirmed cases
- Prevention & Treatment
WebMD - Enterovirus D68: What Parents Need to Know
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