Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68)

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.

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:

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