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Enterovirus D-68

Enterovirus D-68 (EV-D68) was first identified in California in 1962 and in recent months has been receiving more attention as children across the United States are becoming ill with the virus.

EV-D68 behaves like a cold virus (rhinovirus). Like other enteroviruses, EV-D68 spreads through close contact with infected people, most likely when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or when an uninfected person touches contaminated surfaces. You can help protect yourself from respiratory illnesses by following these steps:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after coming in contact with respiratory secretions or when changing diapers (enteroviruses also infect the bowel).
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.

Tennessee recently had its first confirmed case of EV-D68, the Metro Public Health Department is in close coordination with the Tennessee Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We will continue to update as more information becomes available.

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Centers for Disease Control Information on Enterovirus D-68