Respiratory virus EV-D68 epidemic in US may slow with cool temperatures

The nationwide epidemic of the unusual respiratory enterovirus EV-D68 may show some signs of declining. Most other types of enteroviruses begin to decline by late fall. Some hospitals and states are reporting decreasing numbers of EV-D68 infections.

Every year, enteroviruses and rhinoviruses cause millions of respiratory illnesses in children. Most of these infections are mild, but EV-D68 may be associated with 7 deaths in this outbreak. The relationship between infection with this virus and the unusual polio-like paralysis reported in a limited number of children is still being investigated.

To reduce the risk of exposure, travellers should follow the simple precautions for flu (influenza) since EV-D68 is transmitted through the air like flu.

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