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Enterovirus D-68 in Onondaga County

As many of you have heard, Enterovirus D-68 has been confirmed in two children in Onondaga County.

Most people infected with this virus have either no symptoms or a mild flu like illness which includes fever, cough sneezing, runny nose and body aches. The virus is spread from person to person through respiratory droplets and on surfaces.  The usual respiratory precaustions will help reduce the chances of spread.  Those precautions include the following

·        Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers
·        Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
·        Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue
·        Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick
·        Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick
There is no vaccine for Enterovirus D-68 nor is there a cure, only treatment of the symptoms.  Testing is only done on the patients  in the hospital setting who are the most severely affected.
Infants and childrent seem to more likely to have more significant illness  with this virus, especially if they have a history of wheezing or asthma.  If you have concerns about your child’s illness, especially if they are having worsening cough, fever or wheezing, please call our office.
Adapted from the Onondaga County Health Department news release.
For more information check the CDC site at
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