News about Enterovirus D68

Posted on: 10/01/2014

News about Enterovirus D68

Important News

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has recently warned that there has been an increase in illness caused by the virus named Enterovirus D68.

The Enterovirus family of viruses is a very common cause of mild illness in the summer and fall. There are many strains; one of them can cause "Hand, Foot and Mouth" syndrome, and others can cause respiratory symptoms or rashes. The majority of people infected by these viruses have no symptoms, or experience mild symptoms which require only symptomatic care. The respiratory symptoms can become more significant, requiring a doctor's care.

There is no specific treatment for the illnesses caused by Enteroviruses. The best way to avoid spreading or catching the virus is to avoid respiratory secretions of any ill person, and to wash your hands with soap often. Per the CDC, preventive actions include:

- Wash hands often with soap and water

- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouths with unwashed hands

- Avoid kissing, hugging and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are ill

- Cover mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing

- Frequently disinfect commonly touched surfaces such as toys and doorknobs

If you have any further questions or concerns, remember that your doctor is only a phone call away, and we are always ready to evaluate your child.

Please contact our office with any questions or concerns.

A doctor is always on call, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If your child needs immediate attention, we can direct you to the facility best suited to care for your child.

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