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Enterovirus D68 Toolkit
Enterovirus D68 Toolkit




Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of more than 100 non-polio enteroviruses. This virus was first identified in California in 1962. EV-D68 can cause mild to severe respiratory illness and is likely spread from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches a surface that is then touched by others.

From mid-August to November 12, 2014, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or state public health laboratories have confirmed a total of 1,116 people in 47 states and the District of Columbia with respiratory illness caused by EV-D68.

Every year, enteroviruses and rhinoviruses cause millions of respiratory illnesses in children, this year, EV-D68 has been the most common type of enterovirus identified, leading to increases in illnesses among children and affecting those with asthma most severely. Other rhinoviruses and enteroviruses continue to be detected as well.

Source: CDC

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Regulations & Guidelines


Overview of Enterovirus

Enterovirus D68 for Healthcare Professionals including Infection Control Recommendations


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Best Practices
Key Learnings as of November 2014

In the United States, people are more likely to get infected with enteroviruses in the summer and fall.

There is no vaccine to protect you from non-polio enterovirus infection.

Since many infected people do not have symptoms, it is difficult to prevent non-polio enteroviruses from spreading.

You can help protect yourself and others from non-polio enterovirus infections by:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after using the toilet and changing diapers,
  • Avoiding close contact, such as touching and shaking hands, with people who are sick, and
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.
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Instructional Resources
Videos Respiratory Illness and Enterovirus D68: Clinical Guidance

Image Library

Keep Your Child from Getting and Spreading Enterovirus D68 Infographic

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Fact Sheets

Enterovirus D68 in the United States, 2014

Activity of Enterovirus D68-like illness in States

What is Enterovirus D68

Enterovirus D68


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Patient Resources

Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) Resources

Enterovirus D68 Infographic

What Parents need to Know about Enterovirus D68

Parents: Learn the Facts about Enterovirus D68

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