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Enterovirus D68 is hitting our area!

10/10/2014 08:57AM ● Published by Nancy Babin

The Florida Department of Health confirms Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) infection is here. An 8 year old boy who resides in Escambia County is the second to have this. It is highly contagious and spreads through droplets in coughs or sneezes, or when someone touches a contaminated surface like a counter top or doorknob. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers and disinfectants HAVE NOT BEEN FOUND TO BE EFFECTIVE against EV-D68. Frequent hand washing and the use of non-alcohol surface disinfectants are recommended.

Enterovirus D68 has signs and symptoms that are similar to the common cold, the flu, or RSV. Adults and older children might have only mild signs such as a cough, stuffy nose, and low-grade fever. People with asthma, particularly children, are at increased risk. 
It is in 45 states so far and has taken 5 children already. Others have paralysis.

Call your doctor if you or your child has any of these symptoms:

    wheezing
    trouble breathing
    high fever with ill appearance
    thick nasal discharge
    signs of dehydration
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