Quick facts: Enterovirus D68
What is it?
Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of more than 100 non-polio enteroviruses. It can cause mild to severe respiratory illness.
How is it spread?
EV-D68 likely spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes or touches a surface that is then touched by others.
What are the symptoms?
EV-D68 symptoms include fever, runny nose, sneezing, coughing and body and muscle aches. Severe symptoms include wheezing and difficulty breathing. Symptoms will develop 3 to 6 days after exposure.
When is it contagious?
EV-D68’s contagious period is typically 1-3 weeks.
What are the key facts about EV-D68 currently?
As of October 2014, approximately 700 people in the U.S. have been reported to have the EV-D68 this season (2014-2015).
Of those, 2 have died from the illness. Four more have died from complications related to EV-D68.
More helpful resources
TVHC offers free oxygen level checks
- Centers for Disease Control – Enterovirus D68
- Centers for Disease Control – Enterovirus D68 (Spanish)
- Eastern Idaho Public Health District – Enterovirus D68