What is Enterovirus D68 (EV68)?
Enterovirus D68 is a virus that can make you feel like you have a cold. If it’s severe, it could also make you wheeze or have trouble breathing, especially if you have asthma or other respiratory problems. Most cases are mild and last about a week, but if it’s severe, you may need to go to the hospital.
Babies, children, and teens are the most likely to get it. People with weak immune systems have the biggest risk for severe complications.
This virus isn’t new. Experts first identified it in 1962. In the decades since then, it only seemed to impact a very small number of people. That changed in 2014, when the CDC reported a national outbreak. There are more than 100 other enteroviruses. (from WebMD)
Enterovirus D68: the other “E” virus causing illness now – Medscape Multispecialty 12/4/14
This page has information for clinical evaluation, reporting, treatment, testing, infection control and additional links
For patients with asthma, ensure that the patient has an asthma action plan. Reinforce the need to follow the plan, including medication
Connecticut is one of 46 states and the District of Columbia with lab-confirmed cases of EV68
Enterovirus: What parents need to know – HealthyChildren.org (American Academy of Pediatrics)
This page includes important information for children previously diagnosed with asthma.
How to keep your child from getting and spreading EV68– CDC infographic
A visual guide to Enterovirus D68 – WebMD slide show