Confirmed cases of enterovirus found in health district
Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) received confirmation on two cases of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) in its health district.
Several neighboring states to Nebraska are seeing more children than usual with severe respiratory illness caused by enterovirus D68, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
Enteroviruses are very common with more than 100 known types. Enterovirus infections are common in the summer and fall. EV-D68 infections occur less often.
It appears to spread through close contact with infected people. It is a respiratory disease that makes asthma conditions more intense and brings on wheezing. There are no vaccines for preventing EV-D68.
Parents are encouraged to consult with their family physician if their child has cold-like symptoms and begins to experience difficulty breathing, or if their child appears to get better and then relapses.
To help reduce the risk of infection with EV-D68:
Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid kissing, hugging and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
Stay home when feeling sick, and obtain consultation from your health care provider.