Public Health Fact Sheet
What is Enterovirus D68?
Enteroviruses are very common viruses. There are more than 100 types. Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) causes mild to severe respiratory illnesses. EV-D68 is more common in the summer and fall.
How is EV-D68 spread?
Since EV-D68 causes respiratory illness, the virus can be found in an infected person's respiratory secretions, such as saliva, nasal mucus or sputum (mucus-like secretions from the lungs). EV-D68 likely spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches a surface that is then touched by others.
How is EV-D68 treated?
There is no specific treatment for EV-D68. For mild respiratory illness, you can help relieve symptoms by taking over-the-counter medications for pain and fever. Some people experiencing severe respiratory symptoms may need to be hospitalized.
How can I prevent EV-D68?
- Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- 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
Symptoms of EV-D68
- Runny nose
- Body and muscle aches
|More severe symptoms:|
- Difficulty breathing