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What Parents Should Know About Enterovirus D68

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The Enterovirus D68, also known as EV-D68, has become a hot topic across North America since late summer and into fall, with a lot more positive tests recorded from children than previous years. With concerns rising, and investigations around a possible connection between the virus and some cases of child paralysis, the respiratory pathogen has been creating fear and uncertainty in a lot of parents – even though in the majority of cases, children only experience mild symptoms and fully recover relatively quickly.

Understanding what the virus is, how it’s spread, who it targets, and how to treat its symptoms can help ease some of the worry. Read on for what parents should know about Enterovirus D68…

 

1. Enterovirus D68 Is A Respiratory Virus

Enterovirus D68 is a virus from the enterovirus family, which consists of about 100 types of strains. Unlike some other strains in its family, Enterovirus D68 mainly causes mild to severe respiratory illness. Over the years, some enteroviruses have been linked to neurological problems, including muscle weakness and in a rare few cases, paralysis. Any child that’s displaying more severe cold-like symptoms, including wheezing and trouble breathing, should be examined by a physician. Since EV-D68 can worsen and some cases require hospitalization, it’s important to act quickly and get the necessary tests ordered.

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