Community Health & Environment

Information about Enterovirus D68

NEWHealthLogoby Mary Wright, RN, health educator at North End Waterfront Health

Enterovirus is a common virus that generally causes mild cold symptoms. Hand foot and mouth disease is also caused by a strain of enterovirus.  Hospitals in several states are reporting an increase in the number of children with a more virulent strain of Enterovirus D68,  which can cause mild to severe respiratory illness. There have been no reported cases in Massachusetts.

Here are some of the symptoms that parents should be aware of:

  • Cold symptoms with a runny or stuffy nose
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Cough
  • Wheezing
  • Fever

If these symptoms develop in your child, call your healthcare provider.

Some ways to prevent the spread of viruses are:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water
  • Keep child home from school if sick
  • Be sure your child gets a flu shot to prevent influenza

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