Enterovirus

The United States experienced a nationwide outbreak of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) associated with severe respiratory illness in late 2014 and early 2015. West Virginia was among states with confirmed EV-D68. Increases in severe respiratory illness can be caused by many different viruses that are common this time of year. EV-D68 appeared to be the predominant type of enterovirus in those years and may be contribute to increases in severe respiratory illnesses.

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Key Enterovirus Facts

Children with asthma are particularly at risk for severe symptoms from EV-D68 infection.


Washing hands correctly —using soap and water and washing for at least 20 seconds— is an important step in staying healthy.

EV-D68 can cause fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches. More severe symptoms include wheezing and difficulty breathing.

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