Enterovirus D68

Enterovirus D68 has been infecting children and teens across the nation according to CNN . Already 5 children have been killed and parent. The entrovirus was found in the 1960s and also is a rare virus to find.

According to Mark Pallansch, a virologist and director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Viral Diseases,” according to CNN. Enteroviruses, which bring on symptoms like a very intense cold, aren’t unusual. They’re actually very common. When you have a bad summer cold, often what you have is an enterovirus.”

Anyone can get the virus but mostly children and teens are being hospitalized because children haven’t build up the immunity stated CNN. Twelve states are being investigated for having the entrovirus D68, but the virus could also be in other states to including New Hampshire and also California.

The ways you can have the virus is by touching objects that may have the virus and then touching your face. You also can catch it by close contact or kissing, sharing a cup, hugging, handshaking, or anyway you interact with someone that are sick according to CNN. If you feel sick, then stay at home.

Well what happens when your children have the virus? Well you would know if your children have the virus if they developed a rash or if they are actually have trouble breathing.

To prevent the virus happening to you or your love ones, then you have to do common sense steps like washing your hands for 20 seconds with hot water and also soap or clean regularly touched items like phones, ipods, remotes, etc.

Vox.com said, “We are currently in the middle of the enterovirus season. EV-D68 infections are likely to decline later in fall.”

What we don’t know about the virus is that why did it turn up all of the sudden in the geographic locations, or how deadly the virus is. The virus has killed 5 kids. We also don’t know who is most at risk www.thevox.com stated. The CDC said, “In general, infants, children, and teenagers are most likely to get infected with enteroviruses and become ill. That’s because they do not yet have immunity (protection) from previous exposures to these viruses. We believe this is also true for EV-D68.” Kids with asthma seem to be more affected.”

“Enterovirus D68 virus was first identified in California in 1962, according to the Centers for Disease Control. There are more than 100 types of enteroviruses, but the D68 virus is less common, according to Leman.” From oregonlive.com