St. Charles is asking the community to be aware of the symptoms of EV-D68, which include:
- Runny nose
- Body and muscle aches
People with mild illness caused by enterovirus infection usually don’t require treatment and recover completely. However, some cases can be severe enough to require hospitalization and supportive care. The CDC reports that most of the children in the Midwest who were very ill with EV-D68 had difficulty breathing, and some experienced wheezing. Many of these children also suffered from asthma or a history of wheezing.
“If your child is having trouble breathing, be aware that this enterovirus—especially in children with asthma—can be associated with severe respiratory problems,” said Dr. Rebecca Sherer, St. Charles’ medical director of infection prevention and control. “If they’re having difficulty breathing, err on the side of taking them in for care.”
As the respiratory virus season approaches, be sure to:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water and avoid close contact, such as touching and shaking hands, with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and toss the tissue in the nearest waste can after use. If no tissue is available, use your sleeve.
- Keep ill children at home and away from school and classmates.