The first case of Enterovirus D68 has been confirmed in Connecticut, after sickening children in Missouri and Illinois and spreading to other states. This virus is a respiratory illness that causes mild cold- or flu-like symptoms in most of those infected, but can sometimes cause difficulty breathing and require hospitalization.
Anyone can become infected with the enterovirus, however, infants, children, and teens are more likely to be affected because they have less immunity to such viruses.
The resources below provide more information on the virus and how to stop its spread.
- Centers for Disease Control – Enterovirus D68 Overview
- Centers for Disease Control – Keep Your Child from Getting and Spreading Enterovirus D68
- CT Department of Public Health – Health Alert
- CT Department of Public Health – Press Release
- Mayo Clinic – Enterovirus D68 Information and Prevention Tips
- CNN Health -What Parents Should Know About EV-D68
- American Lung Association – Enterovirus – What You Need to Know
- HealthyChildren.org – Reports of a Severe Respiratory Illness on the Rise
- Today Health – Symptoms and Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe From Enterovirus
- WebMD – Enterovirus D68: What Parents Need to Know