ROCKVILLE –There’s a new virus going around and parents are asked to take caution.
The Enterovirus, or EV-D68 virus, is spreading across the country with 10-15 million cases reported annually, according to the Center for Disease Control.
“This virus is a scary reality for parents across the nation right now,” said Dr. Bruce Irwin, founder of American Family Care. “Our local doctors are warning people to be on the lookout for symptoms that usually occur in colds or allergies, but just seem a little bit worse. Wheezing is also a key symptom that shouldn’t be overlooked in the face of this virus.”
The symptoms of EV-D68 can mimic a severe respiratory virus and include a runny nose, sneezing, coughing, wheezing, fever and body and muscle aches.
According to the CDC, hospitals in Illinois and Missouri are seeing increased cases in the viruses with 19 cases being reported in Kansas City and 11 in Chicago. According to CDC data, on average children affected are five years old and 73 percent of patients had a history of asthma or wheezing.
- Protect yourself from respiratory illnesses by following these steps:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick