What You Need to Know about Enterovirus D68 - Ascension Wisconsin

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Published on October 07, 2014

What You Need to Know about Enterovirus D68

Cases of the Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), the respiratory virus that has hospitalized hundreds of children around the country, are now showing up in Wisconsin.

Symptoms of EV-D68 infections include fever, runny nose, sneezing, coughing and body and muscle aches. At its most severe, the virus can make breathing difficult and cause wheezing. In states where EV-D68 infections have been confirmed, many of the children who had more severe illness were those with asthma or a history of wheezing.

“Enterovirus infections are fairly common and are typically seen in the summer or late fall,” says Mark Bradley, DO. “Infants, children and teenagers are most likely to get infected. Practicing good hygiene will help prevent the spread of this and other viruses.”

You can help protect yourself and your family from any virus, no matter what's going around, by following these tips:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Avoid kissing, hugging and sharing cups or eating utensils with anyone who's sick.
  • Disinfect frequently-touched surfaces.
  • Stay home when you're feeling ill.

“If your child shows signs of respiratory illness, it's important to contact your doctor's office to ensure that your child doesn’t have any underlying risks,” says Dr. Bradley.

Dr. Bradley is a Family and Osteopathic Medicine physician with Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group in Sussex. He has extended office hours and is currently accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, please call 262-785-7720 or request one online.

What You Need to Know about Enterovirus D68