Enterovirus 68

Common Name(s)

Enterovirus 68, EV-D68

Enterovirus 68 (EV68, EV-D68 or HEV68) is a type of enterovirus (see Enterovirus) that can cause mild to severe respiratory illness. Enteroviruses as a group are fairly common illnesses however EV68 is uncommon. Enterovirus-68 infections are difficult to track, because its symptoms are like the symptoms of the common cold and other illnesses. Many hospitals and clinics do not test for specific types of enteroviruses. Common symptoms include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body/muscle aches. However, more severe infections may cause difficulty in breathing and even respiratory failure. Infants and children under the age of 5 are at the highest risk for serious infections, but older children and teenagers may also be at risk, because they have not yet developed immunity (protection from) to many viruses. Children with asthma seem to have a higher risk for respiratory problems with this virus and may need to be hospitalized. The virus can be spread through saliva, sneezing, or touching contaminated surfaces. Currently there is no vaccine or cure for this illness. Over-the counter medications for pain and fever can help relieve mild symptoms. Anyone, especially very young children or children or teens with asthma, should see a doctor immediately if breathing becomes difficult. To best protect yourself, wash hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid kissing, hugging, sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick. Frequently disinfect touched surfaces such as toys or doorknobs if someone is sick.

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The terms "Enterovirus 68" returned 22 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Human Enterovirus 68 Interferes with the Host Cell Cycle to Facilitate Viral Production.
 

Author(s): Zeng-Yan Wang, Ting Zhong, Yue Wang, Feng-Mei Song, Xiao-Feng Yu, Li-Ping Xing, Wen-Yan Zhang, Jing-Hua Yu, Shu-Cheng Hua, Xiao-Fang Yu

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Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is an emerging pathogen that recently caused a large outbreak of severe respiratory disease in the United States and other countries. Little is known about the relationship between EV-D68 virus and host cells. In this study, we assessed the effect of the host ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Analysis of Enterovirus 68 Strains from the 2014 North American Outbreak Reveals a New Clade, Indicating Viral Evolution.
 

Author(s): Juan Du, Baisong Zheng, Wenwen Zheng, Peng Li, Jian Kang, Jingwei Hou, Richard Markham, Ke Zhao, Xiao-Fang Yu

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Enterovirus 68 (EVD68) causes respiratory illness, mostly in children. Despite a reported low-level of transmission, the occurrence of several recent outbreaks worldwide including the 2014 outbreak in North America has raised concerns regarding the pathogenesis and evolution of EVD68. ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Enterovirus D-68 presenting with acute pancreatitis.
 

Author(s): Burke A Cunha, Gina Wu, Marie Dumont, Eileen Abruzzo, Muhammad Raza

Journal: Cleve Clin J Med. 2015 Jun;82(6):332.

 

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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European Paediatric AFM Associated With EV-D68 Follow-up Study.
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Acute Flaccid Paresis Associated to Enterovirus D68 Infection; Acute Flaccid Myelitis; AFP; AFM

 

Last Updated: 9 Apr 2018

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