Non-polio enteroviruses sound scary and they are quite common. They cause roughly 10 to 15 million infections in the United States each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Infants, children and teens are most likely to be affected, primarily because their immune systems haven’t previously been exposed to the pathogen.
Fortunately, enteroviruses typically don’t result in serious illness – think common cold – but there are exceptions. Some people can get very sick. Their hearts or brains may become infected. Despite the “non-polio” in the name, paralysis is a possibility, albeit remote.
One especially rare strain of enterovirus – enterovirus-D68 – is causing concern. In at least 16 states, more than 140 cases of enterovirus-D68 infection have been confirmed, mostly among children. Most patients recover without any treatment, but the virus (which tends to appear in the fall) may worsen breathing problems for some children.
“Children less than 5 years old and children with underlying asthma appear to be at greatest risk of having medical complications from EV-D68, Oklahoma epidemiologist Kristy Bradley, MD, told CNN. “If a child develops a cold or a cough, parents and caregivers should just watch the child a little more closely … if wheezing or asthma-like symptoms develop, medical care should be accessed immediately.”
There is no specific treatment for people with EV-D68, but there are standard precautions you can use to protect against infection. They are useful against similar viruses too.
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.
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