What You Need to Know about Enterovirus D68

What You Need to Know about Enterovirus D68

November 1, 2014

Do you need to be worried about Enterovirus D68? It’s a virus that was first discovered in California in 1962 and affects the respiratory system. While not extremely common, cases of Enterovirus strands are found to circulate every year; this year, confirmed Enterovirus D68 infections have increased when compared to the numbers of previous years. It’s important to visit a medical clinic in White Salmon, WA if you think you could have Enterovirus D68. Here is some more information about Enterovirus D68 and what to look out for:

Symptoms of Enterovirus D68 include fever, runny nose, aching muscles, sneezing and coughing. However, more severe symptoms may be seen in some cases. These include wheezing and having difficulties with breathing. The best way to avoid the more severe and serious symptoms of the virus is to be proactive when you first notice the more mild symptoms. Be sure to visit a medical clinic in White Salmon, WA where the staff is well versed in viral infections and can therefore adequately offer you the care and expertise needed.

The Enterovirus D68 spreads through respiratory secretions, such as mucus and saliva. This, of course, includes direct person to person contact, but it can also be spread indirectly. For example, one individual may cough or sneeze on a door handle. Another individual who simply touches the door handle afterwards is susceptible to the threat of the virus and subsequent infection.

The Enterovirus D68 typically affects infants, children and teenagers due to their more vulnerable immune systems and responses. It’s especially important to keep an eye out for these symptoms among the youth during both the summer and fall months, as this is when the virus is more likely to spread quickly. Children with asthma also appear to have a higher risk and the virus can be even more serious for these individuals.

What to do if you think you have Enterovirus D68. Firstly, visit a trusted and reliable medical clinic in White Salmon, WA. Once there, a medical professional will be able to assess whether or not you have Enterovirus D68. Diagnosis is completed by doing specific lab tests on specimens from the individual’s throat and nose. The infection has no specific treatment, but a medical professional can provide infected persons with some methods of best controlling the symptoms of the infection.

What are the best ways to avoid this virus? First and foremost, in effort to protect not only yourself  but also your family from the virus, be sure to wash hands often and thoroughly, avoid close contact with sick people and clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched by multiple people such as door knobs and light switches. This type of proactive behavior can go a long way in protecting you from the spread of the virus.

It’s important to visit an experienced medical professional who can help you at the first sign of symptoms. At White Salmon Family Practice, our staff and nurse physician are ready to help and care for you and your family.

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