Frequently Asked Questions: PDF version
Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is a virus that can cause respiratory illness.
EV-D68 is one of a large group of very common viruses called enteroviruses. Most people who get infected with enteroviruses do not get sick.
EV-D68 infections are rare compared to other enteroviruses. However, since mid-August, EV-D68 has led to children from many parts of the United States, including New York City, being hospitalized.
People who get sick with EV-D68 can have mild to severe respiratory problems, though severe cases that require hospitalization are rare. Other symptoms can include runny nose, sneezing, coughing and body aches.
Researchers are still learning exactly how the virus spreads between people. It likely spreads through coughing or sneezing, or touching a surface that is contaminated with the respiratory secretions (such as saliva or mucus) of an infected person.
In general, infants, children and teenagers are most likely to get sick with enteroviruses. Children with asthma appear to be at higher risk for breathing problems if infected with the EV-D68 virus.
No. There is no vaccine for preventing EV-D68 infection.
There is no specific treatment for EV-D68 and other enteroviruses. If symptoms are mild, over-the-counter medications for pain and fever can help. (Aspirin should not be given to children.) People with more serious illness may need to be hospitalized.
These steps can protect against enteroviruses, including EV-D68, as well as other seasonal illnesses: