The rare and usually mild enterovirus D68 has been recently sending kids in several Midwest cities to the hospital, worrying parents and doctors alike.
Here are some things you should know about the virus, according to NBC News:
- How dangerous is this virus? It does not seem to be causing an epidemic (at least not yet), but it is serious enough to worry the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most kids infected will likely have mild cold-like symptoms and will get better on their own.
- Where did it come from? It’s not a new virus, but it does rarely circulate and make kids sick. Adults are usually immune.
- How can I prevent it? Your best defense is to wash your hands. The virus spreads when kids touch an infected surface and then touch their mouths, noses or eyes. Wiping tables and desks with a disinfectant wipe also reduces infection risks.
- What’s the best treatment? Antibiotics are useless against the virus, and there is no vaccine. The best course is rest, fluids, and perhaps ibuprofen or acetaminophen to ease the fever and achiness.
- How can we prevent its spread? Do not send your child to school or daycare if he or she is sick. Children with fevers or respiratory symptoms not caused by asthma should be kept home.
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What Is the Midwest Enterovirus? 6 Things to Know
This article nicely summarizes the important things to know about the Midwest Enterovirus.
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