Will the spread of Enterovirus, specifically in schools, Pike Systems would like to provide you with information to help limit the spread of infection. The CDC has confirmed more than 100 cases in 12 states, mostly in the Midwest and Southeast. Often, the Enterovirus is no big deal, having been around since the 1960’s but this particular strain (D68) gives much more severe symptoms.
What is enterovirus D68?
- Enterovirus D68 is one of many non-polio enteroviruses. This virus was first identified in California in 1962, but it has not been commonly reported in the United States.
What are the symptoms of EV-D68 infection?
- EV-D68 can cause mild to severe respiratory illness.
- Mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches.
- Most of the children who have gotten very ill with EV-D68 infection in Missouri and Illinois had difficulty breathing, and some had wheezing. Many of these children had asthma or a history of wheezing.
Is there a vaccine?
- No. There are no vaccines for preventing EV-D68 infections.
Who is at risk?
- Infants, children and teenagers are most likely to get infected with enteroviruses and become ill. Children with asthma seem to be at higher risk.
What time of year are people most likely to become infected?
- In the United States, people are most likely to become infected in summer and fall. We are currently in Enterovirus season.
The mode of transmission is similar to that of influenza spreading from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches contaminated surfaces. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following practices to protect you and limit the spread of Enterovirus D69.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers. See proper hand washing techniques here.
- 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.
To the best of our knowledge, there are currently no disinfectants with a claim for this particular non-enveloped virus, however Pike System’s hospital grade disinfectant may be used as recommended by the CDC. The CDC has a wealth of information available on their website (www.cdc.gov). If you have any questions, please contact Pike Systems at 630-896.6373 or firstname.lastname@example.org.