Enterovirus Update

Non-Polio Enterovirus 
According to the Center for Disease Control, non-polio enteroviruses are very common and cause about 10 to 15 million infections in the United States each year.

Anyone can get infected with non-polio enteroviruses, and most who do become infected do not get sick.  Or they may have a mild illness much like the common cold.  However some people can get very sick with serious complications. Infants and people with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to these complications.

You can get infected with non-polio enteroviruses by having close contact with an infected person. You can also get infected by touching objects or surfaces that have the virus on them then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.

Enterovirus D68
Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of many non-polio enteroviruses .Rhinovirus (common cold virus) is an example of a non-polio enterovirus.  Enterovirus D68 infections are thought to occur less commonly than infections with other enteroviruses EV-D68 was first identified in California in 1962. Compared with other enteroviruses, EV-D68 has been rarely reported in the United States over the last 40 years. There is no specific treatment, no antiviral medications and no vaccines for preventing EV-D68 infections, 

You can help 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

As EV-D68 is a non-enveloped virus, environmental disinfection of surfaces should be performed using an EPA-registered disinfectant for any of several non-enveloped viruses (e.g., Norovirus, Poliovirus and Rhinovirus). Disinfectant products should be used in accordance with the instructions for the specific label claim and in a manner consistent with environmental infection control recommendations. Based on the CDC guidelines for disinfection, the following products can be used, as they are likely to be effective against EV-D68*.

Learn more about Enterovirus 68 (EVD68, EV-D68, HEV68)from the CDC

*products kill germs on hard surfaces when used as directed

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