The Enterovirus 68 has been confirmed to be here in our backyard. As of late, cases have been confirmed in 27 states including Michigan and other Midwest states. While most cases of infection cause common cold symptoms, in children with asthma or other compromised immune systems it can cause severe respiratory symptoms that can require hospitalization.
There is currently no vaccine for the virus or anti-viral medications that will combat Enterovirus 68.
The CDC recommends the following steps to protect yourselves from Enterovirus 68:
- Take any asthma medications as directed by your physician and your asthma action plan.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth.
- Avoid contact with persons who are sick (hugging, kissing, sharing cups or utensils, etc.)
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces often.
Since the Enterovirus 68 has just recently reemerged, disinfectant claims for this specific virus will be difficult to find. The CDC recommends that a disinfectant that is effective against Norovirus will also be effective against Enterovirus-68.