Enterovirus Outbreak

Yesterday the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released a statement regarding the recent outbreak of enterovirus-D68, a rare respiratory virus that is mostly affecting children.  Several children have been hospitalized in Colorado; children with asthma or other respiratory conditions should be extra careful to avoid this contagious virus.  CDPHE is advising that people protect themselves by:

  • Washing hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Avoiding touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding kissing, hugging, and sharing cups and eating utensils with people who are sick.
  • Disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
  • Making sure vaccinations, including the influenza vaccine, are up to date. 

  • For more information on childhood respiratory infections see Infectious Diseases in Child Care and School Settings from the CDPHE. See also the morbidity and mortality report from the CDC.

    Update 9/11/14:  The CDPHE has also released a Q&A fact sheet on enterovirus.

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