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Should I be concern? Enterovirus D68

Have you heard about this new infection that has every school concern? Every parent concern?

As a concern parent myself, I wanted to give some important information for parents, teachers/ school administrators or any other person that may be concern about the EV-D68.

Enterovirus D68 is the new virus that is sickening children across the United States in over 44 states, Illinois being one. This virus is a respiratory virus that is most common in the summer and fall and declining late fall. This increase could be caused by many different viruses that are common during this time of year. Many of the cases of this virus this year has been seen in children who have minor respiratory illnesses such as asthma and a history of wheezing. This illness can also affect adult's particular those who immune system is compromised.

Symptoms include:

  • common cold
  • runny nose
  • sore throat
  • cough and fever

in more serious cases, difficulty breathing, decreased urine production, lethargy and dehydration.

While this may be scary for many (especially parents of small children), we can be proactive like many preventable illnesses such as this one. The best way to prevent EV-68 is practice good hand washing and following all of the normal precautions as a regular common cold such as covering your mouth when coughing and sneezing, stay away from those who are sick, keeping your children home from school if they aren't feeling well…. and keeping yourself home (from work and school) if you are not feeling well.

While EV-D68 is a serious illness that needs to be monitored and on alert about, DON'T PANIC!! This is a rare illiness and most infected kids will develop common cold symptoms only. If you or your child become ill, see your healthcare provider to rule out serious illinesses. If you or your child have asthma, be extra dilgient in preventive measures.

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