Enteroviruses cause millions of respiratory illnesses in children every year. This year, EV-D68 has been the most common type of enterovirus identified. From mid-August to mid-October 780 cases have been diagnosed and that number is climbing. Most people who get EV-D68 are infants, children, and teens. EV-D68 causes mild to severe respiratory illness, and children with immunocompromising conditions, especially respiratory disorders, are at increased risk of severe disease.
Currently, EV-D68 is not reportable. The Waukesha County Public Health Division will work with school personnel, parents and healthcare providers to provide education. There are no vaccines to prevent EV-D68 infections. Control of EV-D68 will focus on good hand washing, standard disinfection procedures, and reminding parents to keep their children home when they are sick.
If further information is desired, please contact the Public Health Division at 262-896-8430, or toll-free at 1-800-540-3620.
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