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Respiratory Virus EV-D68 Is In PA! Be Smart. Take Precautions!

If you’ve been hearing about the mysterious enterovirus that has been sending children to emergency rooms out in the middle of the country then you know that it was quite possible that we’d be dealing with the same virus locally sooner or later.

Well, it’s here!  According to experts there are three known cases in Philadelphia hospitals.  So that means that since most people will get the virus and feel lousy for a few days to a week but then improve, that  we can’t know the numbers who are infected by this virus in the PA area.  We just know three cases turned up needing help at local hospitals.

So I’m reprinting what the CDC says we need to do to get through this season of nasty colds that can turn kind of ugly in small children.

Most people with enteroviruses have no symptoms or only mild symptoms, and treatment with over-the-counter pain and fever-suppressing medicines should work well, the CDC said. Some infections, however, can be serious, causing respiratory problems, rashes with fever and even neurological illnesses such as encephalitis, or swelling of the brain, the department said.

Since EV-D68 is spread like the flu, the same precautions apply, the department said:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

• Cough into your sleeve or a tissue.
• Avoid kissing, hugging and sharing cups and eating utensils with people who are sick.

• Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.

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