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Department of Health Confirms Second Case of Enterovirus D68 in Florida

By DOH-Escambia

October 09, 2014

PENSACOLA, FL – The Florida Department of Health has received confirmation of the presence of Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) infection in an 8 year old boy who resides in Escambia County, Florida. The Department advises parents, childcare workers, and healthcare professionals to be vigilant for respiratory virus infections such as enterovirus (EV), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and influenza (flu).
Enterovirus D68 can cause difficulty breathing in infants and young children. Like RSV and the flu, EV-D68, is highly contagious and spreads through droplets in coughs or sneezes, or when someone touches a contaminated surface like a countertop or doorknob. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers and disinfectants have not been found to be effective against EV-D68. Frequent hand washing and the use of non-alcohol surface disinfectants are recommended.

Enterovirus D68 has signs and symptoms that are similar to the common cold, the flu, or RSV. Adults and older children might have only mild signs such as a cough, stuffy nose, and low-grade fever. People with asthma, particularly children, are at increased risk for severe presentations of EV-D68 infection. In rare cases, EV infections may become serious enough to require hospitalization.

Other prevention measures include:
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow;
  • Avoiding sharing cups and eating utensils;
  • Refraining from kissing others, especially those with symptoms;
  • Frequently cleaning potentially contaminated surfaces (doorknobs, countertops, tables, toys, etc.) using a bleach solution (1 part bleach and 9 parts water).

Call your doctor if you or your child has any of these symptoms:
  • wheezing
  • trouble breathing
  • high fever with ill appearance
  • thick nasal discharge
  • signs of dehydration
More information on Enterovirus D68 can be found in the Department’s online newsroom. Please visit: http://newsroom.doh.state.fl.us/2014/10/09/information-on-enterovirus-d68/

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