According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of many non-polio enteroviruses. At AFC Bridgeport you can get tested for EV-D68 in a quick, painless way. The test is done by performing a nasal swab, and results can be revealed within 48 hours. Below are some questions and answers provided by the CDC. For additional information on EV-D68 visit CDC’s website at http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/ev-d68.html.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF EV-D68?
Symptoms of the EV-D68 include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough and body aches. The CDCP states this respiratory illness can range from mild to severe, including wheezing and difficulty breathing.
HOW DOES EV-D68 SPREAD?
Since EV-D68 causes respiratory illness, the virus can be found in an infected person’s respiratory secretions, such as saliva, nasal mucus, or sputum. EV-D68 likely spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs or sneezes, then you touch those contaminated surfaces.
WHO IS AT RISK?
Infants, children and teenagers are most likely to get infected with EV-D68 and become ill. The reason that this group is at risk is because they do not have immunity (protection) from previous exposures to these viruses.
WHAT ARE THE TREAMENTS?
At AFC Bridgeport you can get tested for EV-D68 in a quick, painless way. The test is done by performing a nasal swab, and results can be revealed within 48 hours. Unfortunately, there is no specific treatment for people with respiratory illness caused by EV-D68.
For mild respiratory illness, you can help relieve symptoms by taking over-the-counter medications for pain and fever. Aspirin should not be given to children. Some people with severe respiratory illness may need to be hospitalized. There are no antiviral medications currently available for people who become infected with EV-D68.
HOW CAN YOU PROTECT YOURSELF FROM E-D68?
- Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.