Enterovirus has been confirmed in Wisconsin. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed a child in Door County tested positive for the Enterovirus D68, according to a release from Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
Symptoms of EV-D68 include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches. At its most severe, the virus can make breathing difficult and cause wheezing. DHS says children with underlying illnesses such as asthma are much higher at risk.
“EV-D68 is not a reportable illness to DHS, so we will have to wait to know whether tests by the CDC confirm any additional cases in the state,” said Karen McKeown, State Health Officer. “In the meantime, DHS will continue to provide information to the public and to health care providers on what to watch for and ways to help keep children healthy.”
- · Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers or using the bathroom.
- · 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.
Individuals with asthma should continue to take medication used to control the condition, as people with asthma are at higher risk for respiratory illnesses.