What is enteroviruses
- Entervoviruses are common viruses
- Most infected people have no symptoms or only mild symptoms.
- Children are more likely than adults to get infected with entroviruses
- Fall is a common time for the virus to cause respiratory illness.
- The Minnesota Department of Health has identified enterovirus D68 every year since 2011.
Symptoms of enterovirus D68
- It can cause symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, cough, wheezing, rash and a fever.
- Less often it may cause pneumonia, and swelling of the lining of the brain ot the brain.
How is enterovirus D68 spread ?
- Enterovirus D68 is found in saliva, nasal mucus, or sputum.
- It spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches surfaces.
Spreading of enterovirus D68
- Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
- Avoid kissing , hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick
- Use standard disinfection procedures for surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs.
- Keep children home if they are sick
Hand sanitizers are not effective against the virus.
The enterovirus D68 does not live long outside the body. Once the surface is dry it likely does not contain the live virus.