​Enterovirus D68

Enteroviruses are commonly occurring, causing 10 to 15 million infections a year. These usually present as mild infections especially in young children. Many people infected with enteroviruses do not present with any symptoms. They are also known as non-polio enteroviruses.

Recently, children presenting with severe respiratory illness were diagnosed with a rare form of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) in Illinois and Missouri. CDC is currently investigating these clusters. There is currently no treatment for EV-D68 and no vaccine against it. As with most respiratory infections, the best prevention for EV-D68 is to wash hands well and often, avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, stay home when sick, disinfect toys in play areas often, avoid kissing, hugging or sharing cups/ utensils with a sick person.

Resources & Links

Enterovirus D68 FAQs   IDPH   9-8-14
Control of Viral Respiratory Illness For Schools and Day Care Centers   KCHD
School and Daycare Guidance for the Control of Viral Respiratory Infections (including Enteroviruses)    KCHD
Control de la enfermedad respiratoria Viral Para escuelas y centros de cuidado diurno    KCHD
Influenza/Flu Page
Our Information for Healthcare Providers Page

CDC Links:

Severe Respiratory Illness Associated with Enterovirus D68 — Missouri and Illinois, 2014   9-8-14
Enterovirus D68

IDPH Links:

Illinois Department of Public Health Watching for Possible Outbreaks of Circulating Virus   9-8-14
Communicable Disease Main Page