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Enterovirus D68

Enterovirus D68

Quick facts: Enterovirus D68

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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.

 

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