The United States is currently experiencing a nationwide outbreak of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) associated with severe respiratory illness.
Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one type of virus from a group of very common viruses called enteroviruses. Most people who are infected have no symptoms or only mild symptoms, but some infections can be serious. Mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches.
Anyone can get infected with enteroviruses, but infants, children, and teenagers who get infected are more likely to become sick.
Anyone with respiratory illness should contact their doctor if they are having trouble breathing or if symptoms are getting worse.
- If your child has cold-like symptoms and starts having difficulty breathing, contact your health care provider immediately.
- Children with a history of asthma may be at increased risk of serious illness. Work with your health care provider for the best asthma control.
Take steps to prevent spread of illness
Enteroviruses are transmitted through coughing and sneezing, or contact with an infected person, or by touching objects or surfaces contaminated with the virus and then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes.
Take the same steps to prevent illness, just like with other viruses, colds, and flu:
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Wash hands often with soap and water
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs
- Stay home if you are ill
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
For Families and Child Care Providers
For Health Care Providers
- Laboratory Testing Recommendations - Guidance for Clinicians
- Instructions for Reporting, Collecting and Shipping Specimens
- Non-Polio Enterovirus (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Vermont Health Alerts and Advisories