NEWS RELEASE: Illinois Department of Public Health Watching for Possible Outbreaks of Circulating Virus

NEWS RELEASE: Illinois Department of Public Health Watching for Possible Outbreaks of Circulating Virus

Cases of an uncommon enterovirus found in the Midwest

Author: Website Administrator 6/Wednesday, September 10, 2014/Categories: Home Page, Educating the Public, NEWS

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SPRINGFIELD - Several hospitals in Illinois and Missouri have recently reported clusters of severe respiratory illness in community members, especially children.  Testing of some cases by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified and enterovirus, EV-D68.  While there are more than 100 types of enteroviruses, which are very common viruses of respiratory illness, EV-D68 is less common.

Enteroviruses are transmitted through close contact with an infected person, or by touching objects or surfaces that are contaminated with the virus and then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes.  The help protect yourself and others from enterovirus infections:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Avoid close contact (touching and shaking hands) with people who are sick
  • Clean and disinfecting frequently touch surfaces
  • Stay home  when sick

Symptoms of enterovirus illness can include fever, runny nose, sneezing, coughing and body aches.

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