Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) causes mild respiratory illness, similar to those seen in the common cold, but some individuals can become severely ill. The 2014 outbreak of EV-D68 appears to be associated with an increase in the level of respiratory illness among people in general and more severe disease in some people, particularly children with asthma.
What can be done to prevent the spread of EV-D68?
Stratagies to help prevent respiratory infections include:
Students and staff should stay home if they are sick.
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away after use and wash your hands. If a tissue is not available, cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve, not your hand.
Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after you cough or sneeze.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
Use standard disinfection procedures using a hospital-grade disinfectant that is Environemental Protection Agency-approved for norovirus and rhinovirus, or a 1:10 bleach solution for surfaces, such as toys and other objects, and on surfaces that are touched often, which can include desks, countertops, doorknobs, computer keyboards, hands-on learning items, faucet handles, and phones.
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are NOT effective against EV-D68, which is why handwashing with soap and water is so important.