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Parents: Learn the Facts about Enterovirus D68
Every year, millions of children in the United States get enterovirus infections that can cause coughing, sneezing, and fever. This year, children throughout the country have gotten sick with respiratory illnesses caused by enterovirus D-68 (EV-D68). EV-D68 is one of many enteroviruses that often spread in the summer and fall. It’s not a new virus, but it hasn’t been very common in the past. However, this year, EV-D68 is the most common enterovirus that’s going around.
What are the signs and symptoms of EV-D68?
Most children who get infected with EV-D68 may have cold-like symptoms, like fever, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, and body and muscle aches. More severe symptoms include wheezing and difficulty breathing. Children with asthma are at risk for severe symptoms from EV-D68.
How can I protect my children?
You can help protect yourself and others from respiratory illnesses, including EV-D68, by following these steps:
Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds
Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
Avoid close contact, such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils, with people who are sick, or when you are sick
Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not your hands
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick
Stay home when you are sick and keep sick children home from school
Could my child get EV-D68?
EV-D68 spreads when people infected with the virus cough, sneeze, or touch surfaces that are then touched by others. In general, infants, children, and teenagers are at higher risk than adults for getting infected and sick with enteroviruses like EV-D68. That's because they have not been exposed to these types of viruses before, and they do not yet have immunity (protection) built up to fight the disease. If your child has asthma, he or she may be at greater risk for severe respiratory illness from EV-D68.
If your child has asthma, CDC recommends you do the following to help maintain control of your child’s asthma during this time:
Discuss and update your child’s asthma action plan with your child’s doctor (usually pulmonologist or pediatrician).
Make sure your child takes prescribed asthma medications as directed, especially long term control medication(s).
Make sure your child knows to keep asthma reliever medication with him or her or has access to it at all times.
Get your child a flu vaccine, since flu can trigger an asthma attack.
If your child develops new or worsening asthma symptoms, follow the steps in his or her asthma action plan. If your symptoms do not go away, call your child’s doctor right away.
Make sure caregiver(s) and/or teacher(s) are aware of the child’s condition, and that they know how to help if the he or she experiences any symptoms related to asthma.
Call your child's doctor if he or she is having difficulty breathing, if you feel you are unable to control symptoms, or if symptoms are getting worse.
There is no specific treatment for EV-D68. Talk to your child's doctor about the best way to control his or her symptoms.
Remember, that while this has been a big year for EV-D68 infections, CDC expects the number of cases to taper off by late fall. But even after cases of EV-D68 begin to decrease, parents and children should continue to follow basic steps to stay healthy, such as frequent hand washing and avoiding touching their faces with unwashed hands. To help your family stay healthy this fall and winter, CDC recommends that everyone age 6 months and older get an annual flu vaccine.
With the news in the U.S., you and your families might have questions about the Ebola virus. Ebola only spreads when people are sick. A person must have symptoms to spread the disease to others. An infected person can spread the disease through blood or body fluids (including but not limited to urine, saliva, sweat, feces, vomit, breast milk, and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola, objects (like needles and syringes) that have been contaminated with the virus, and infected animals. The most common carriers of Ebola are bats. The symptoms of Ebola include a fever of 101.5 or greater, severe headache, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and unexplained bleeding or bruising. These symptoms may appear anywhere from 2-21 days after exposure to Ebola. You cannot get Ebola through water, air, or food. There is no FDA-approved vaccine or medicine for Ebola. Prevention includes hand washing and avoiding contaminated objects if in an area of an Ebola outbreak.
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