Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is an infection caused by one kind of enterovirus. EV-D68 infections in the US are most common in late summer or early fall.
Enteroviruses are a common type of virus. Most adults don’t get EV-D68 because they were exposed to the virus in the past. They are immune, which means that their body can fight off another infection, and they have mild or no symptoms at all. Children are more likely to get EV-D68 because they have not been exposed to the virus before, and are not immune.
An enterovirus D68 infection is caused by a virus. Your child can pass the virus to others in mucus and saliva when she coughs or sneezes. Other children can also get an infection if they touch something with the virus on it (like cups, doorknobs, and hands) and then touch their mouth, nose, or eyes.
Symptoms may include:
Babies or children with asthma or other breathing problems may have more severe symptoms such as wheezing or trouble breathing.
In rare cases, some children have had severe weakness in their arms or legs after they had an EV-D68 infection. It is unknown if there is a connection between the D68 infection and the severe weakness.
Your healthcare provider will ask about your child’s symptoms and medical history and examine your child. To test for the virus, your child may have:
There is no specific treatment for EV-D68. Because it is caused by a virus, antibiotics do not help. However, there are some things you can do to help your child feel better:
If your child has severe breathing problems or weakness, she may need to stay in the hospital. Your child may be given medicine and fluids by IV.
Follow the full course of treatment prescribed by your healthcare provider. Ask your provider:
Make sure you know when your child should come back for a checkup. Keep all appointments for provider visits or tests.
There is no vaccine to prevent an EV-D68 infection. To reduce your child’s risk of getting or spreading the virus:
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