Enterovisur EV D68


New kind of respiratory illness is getting lot of attention on television and other media. We have been getting lots of questions about this new virus from worried patients and parents. Here is what you need to know about this new bug.

  • First of all, there is nothing new about Enteroviruses. They are one of the most common causes of respiratory infections. The twist to the story is this: a type of Enterovirus called D68, previously thought to be causing mild cold like symptoms only, suddenly seems to be causing much more severe infections since last month.
  • The outbreak was first reported in Kansas City and Chicago. Now the cases are being reported from other states.
  • Young children seem to prime target for this virus. They start with cough and cold like symptoms but rather than getting better, they can quickly become very sick.
  • Diagnosis is made by typing of Enterovirus, a specialized test that takes several days and is done only by certain labs.
  • There is no specific treatment of vaccine for this virus.
  • What can you do?
    • Seek medical attention if you have respiratory symptoms (cough, congestion, breathing problems.)
    • Make sure you take precautions for cutting down the spreading of virus:
      • Wash hands often with soap
      • Avoid touching face
      • Avoid kissing, hugging and sharing cups
      • Disinfect the frequently touched surfaces