A handful of cases of the enterovirus EV-D68, a respiratory disease that mostly affects children, have been confirmed in Tennessee. We know you may be concerned, and we want you to have the facts about the virus – and what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones.
If you suspect that you or a loved one may have EV-D68, visit your primary care physician or contact your local health department for further guidance. For residents of Tennessee, contact the Tennessee Department of Health at 615-741-7247.
Enterovirus 68 is an infection in the lungs and breathing passages (respiratory system). It is caused by a virus called enterovirus 68 (EV-D68). This is one of many kinds of enteroviruses.
Enterovirus infections usually cause mild, cold-like symptoms. But an enterovirus 68 infection can be more serious, especially in people with breathing problems such as asthma.
Enterovirus 68 (EV-D68) can cause mild to severe cold- or flu-like symptoms.
Typical symptoms may include:
Severe symptoms may include:
If your doctor thinks that you may have an enterovirus 68 (EV-D68) infection, he or she will do a physical exam and ask you questions about your symptoms and past health.
Your doctor may do a blood test to detect enterovirus 68. It may take some time to get the results. You may get treated before a test is done or before you know the results.
The main treatment for most enterovirus 68 (EV-D68) infections is to relieve symptoms. There are no medicines to cure the infection. And because the infection is caused by a virus and not bacteria, antibiotics won't help.
If you are having trouble breathing or have severe symptoms, you may need to be treated in the hospital. This may include getting oxygen, fluids through a vein (IV), and help breathing.
Wash your hands regularly, and keep your hands away from your face.
Stay home from school, work, and other public places until you are feeling better. A good guide is to wait for 24 hours after a fever is gone before resuming your regular activities.
Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
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