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Enterovirus D68: EV-D68 FACTS

posted Sep 22, 2014, 8:57 AM by bcps web   [ updated Apr 9, 2015, 5:46 AM ]

Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of the many non-polio enteroviruses.  EV-D68 infections are thought to occur less commonly than infections with other enteroviruses, but they have received a lot of media attention lately. We’re currently in middle of the enterovirus season, and EV-D68 infections are likely to decline later in the fall. This document is meant to provide you with some basic information regarding EV-D68.  If you have specific concerns regarding your health  or symptoms you or a family member may be experiencing, you should contact your health care provider.

Non-polio enteroviruses are very common viruses.  They cause about 10 to 15 million infections in the United States each year.  Anyone can become infected with non-polio enteroviruses.  Infants, children, and teenagers are more likely to become infected and get sick, because they do not yet have immunity or protection from previous exposures to the viruses.  Infants and people with weakened immune systems have a greater chance of developing complications.

You can become infected with non-polio enteroviruses by having close contact with an infected person.  You can also become infected by touching objects or surfaces that have the virus on them and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.

Prevention and Treatment:

You can help protect yourself and others from infections by:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after using the restroom and changing diapers
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces with standard disinfectants
  • Keeping children home from school or day care when they are sick
  • Ensuring optimal control of asthma

 There is no specific treatment or vaccine  for non-polio enterovirus infections.  People with mild illness caused by non-polio enterovirus infection typically only need to treat symptoms.  They usually recover completely.  However, some illnesses caused by non-polio enteroviruses can be severe enough to require hospitalization.


Most people who are infected with non-polio enteroviruses do not get sick, or they only have mild illness.  Symptoms of mild illness may include:  fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, skin rash, mouth blisters, muscle and body aches.  You should see a health care provider if you or your child is experiencing new onset of wheezing or an increase in asthma symptoms.  As always, if you are concerned about your symptoms, you should contact your health care provider. 


Additional Resources:

Hand washing information:

Cover Your Cough Information:



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Virginia Department of Education:

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Apr 9, 2015, 5:46 AM