CCDPH Watching for Respiratory Illness Enterovirus EV-D68

Several hospitals in Illinois and Missouri have recently reported clusters of severe respiratory illness Enterovirus EV-D68 in community members, especially children. CCDPH is closely monitoring the situation; as are the Illinois Department of Public Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

If you, or your child, are experiencing cold like symptoms and are having difficulty breathing, contact your health care provider right away.

There is no specific treatment for EV-D68 infections and no specific anti-viral medications are currently available for this purpose, which is why it is important to take these basic steps to protect yourself and others:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Avoid close contact (touching and shaking hands) with people who are sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Stay home when sick

Healthcare providers should consider enterovirus D68 in young children with severe respiratory illness, and report unusual increases in cases to the health department. Schools and daycares, click here for guidance. For more information about enterovirus, please visit the CDC.

 

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