Enterovirus D68

You likely have already heard about the respiratory virus (Enterovirus D68) that started spreading across the nation about 1 month ago.  This virus has been around since the 1960’s but this year it has arrived quite forcefully, and seems to be quite contagious, especially among children.

There is no specific treatment for this virus and no vaccination as of now.  The symptoms are similar to those of the common cold but can progress to significant coughing, wheezing, and breathing issues in children with underlying pulmonary compromise, including asthma.   Many children have needed hospitalization as a result of infection with this virus over the past month, including in New York.

It is VERY IMPORTANT to be absolutely consistent in continuing your child’s daily maintenance medication regimen and start the rescue/acute medication regimen that we have outlined for your child as soon as cold or cough symptoms start.   And be sure to call us to alert us, as well as receive additional instructions or come in for an evaluation.

Please remember to practice and teach your children how to practice the basics of protection from respiratory viruses – washing your hands with soap often and completely, covering the mouth with inside of your elbow when coughing and staying home when sick so others do not catch your illness.  Also, you should disinfect frequently touched surfaces, like toys and doorknobs, to help prevent transmission.

Keep Your Child from Getting and Spreading Enterovirus D68

  • Avoid close contact with sick people
  • Wash your hands often with soap & water
  • Cover Your coughs and sneezes
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces
  • Stay home when you’re sick

We are here to support you and your child during this spreading epidemic.  Please call us with any questions.

For more information, please see the CDC’s link below:

http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/EV-D68.html