Enterovirus D68 is an infection in the lungs and breathing passages (respiratory system). It is caused by a virus called enterovirus D68 (EV-D68). This is one of many kinds of enteroviruses.
Enterovirus infections usually cause mild, cold-like symptoms. But an enterovirus D68 infection can be more serious, especially in people with breathing problems such as asthma.
Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) can cause mild to severe cold- or flu-like symptoms.
Typical symptoms may include:
Severe symptoms may include:
If your doctor thinks that you may have an enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) infection, he or she will do a physical examination and ask you questions about your symptoms and past health.
Your doctor may do a blood test or a swab of the back of your throat (by going through your nose) to detect enterovirus D68. It may take some time to get the results. You may get treated before a test is done or before you know the results.
The main treatment for most enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) infections is to relieve symptoms. There are no medicines to cure the infection. And because the infection is caused by a virus and not bacteria, antibiotics won't help.
If you are having trouble breathing or have severe symptoms, you may need to be treated in the hospital. This may include getting oxygen, fluids through a vein (IV), and help breathing.
Wash your hands regularly, and keep your hands away from your face.
Stay home from school, work, and other public places until you are feeling better. A good guide is to wait for 24 hours after a fever is gone before resuming your regular activities.
Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek medical care right away if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsSpecialist Medical ReviewerChristine Hahn, MD - EpidemiologyLeslie Tengelsen, PhD, DVM -
Current as ofJuly 21, 2016
Current as of:
July 21, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Christine Hahn, MD - Epidemiology & Leslie Tengelsen, PhD, DVM -
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