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In the news September 2014 "Enterovirus"
Do I have it? What to Know about Hedline-Grabbing Virus:
Here is information from Dr. Kostelnik on what you need to know about the Enterovirus:
There are a lot of news stories about the virus infecting children around the country and causing hospitalizations for breathing problems. What do you need to know?
Enterovirus D68 is a virus relatively similar to another virus called Rhinovirus that causes the common cold. Like other cold viruses, we cannot test for this virus in our office. Symptoms can start with fever, nasal congestion, nasal discharge, and cough but can become more serious, especially in children with previous asthma or other lung disorders.
There is no vaccine against or treatment for enterovirus infections, so the disease needs to run its course. With this virus and any other respiratory infection, anyone who develops serious symptoms like wheezing or difficulty breathing should call our office for further assistance.
To help protect your kids and yourself from enterovirus, encourage washing hands well and often.
As with all illnesses parents should encourage fluids to keep your kids hydrated.
This infection is not a new or particularly dangerous disease but can cause problems for kids with conditions such as asthma.
What is enterovirus D68?
· An enterovirus is a common virus — there are more than 100 types of enteroviruses.
· EV-D68 is a less common type of enterovirus which causes respiratory illness. Laboratory testing should be considered if the presentation is unclear and the severity is worsening. Testing is being done, very selectively, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
· Babies, children and adolescents are more likely to be infected and become sick.
What are the symptoms?
· EV-D68 causes mild to severe respiratory illness and could exacerbate asthma.
· The full spectrum of EV-D68 disease is not known.
How is it transmitted?
· Like other enteroviruses, EV-D68 seems to spread through close contact with infected people.
How is it treated?
· There is no specific treatment for EV-D68 infection other than supportive care.
· Some patients with severe respiratory illness may need to be hospitalized.
Is EV-D68 new?
· No, EV-D68 was first reported in 1962 in California. Rare clusters have been reported since then.
What can be done to reduce the risk of infection?
· Wash hands often. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
· Avoid sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
· Disinfect frequently touched surfaces (e.g., toys and doorknobs).
· Stay home and see your health care provider if you are ill.
· Children who experience difficulty breathing with cold symptoms should be evaluated by a health care provider.
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