Advisory: Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68)

A Message from Dr. Charles Schleien

A message from Dr. Charles Schleien, Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center of North Shore-LIJ Health System


Visitation

To ensure patient, visitor and staff safety, North Shore-LIJ has placed temporary restrictions on children (age 14 and under) visiting our hospitals and skilled-nursing facilities. We appreciate your understanding and compliance with these precautions.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is EV-D68? A: Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of many enteroviruses. This virus was first identified in California in 1962, but until recently it has not been commonly reported in the United States. Q: What are the symptoms of EV-D68 infection? A: EV-D68 can cause mild to severe respiratory illness. Mild symptoms may… Read more »


Symptoms

Most people who are infected with enteroviruses do not get sick, or they only have mild illness. Symptoms of mild illness may include: fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, skin rash, body and muscle aches, wheezing, and rapid breathing rate. If you’re experiencing symptoms, contact your pediatrician or primary care physician. If you believe you have… Read more »


Transmission

Enteroviruses can be found in an infected person’s feces (stool), eyes, nose, and mouth secretions (such as saliva, nasal mucus, or sputum), or blister fluid. You can get exposed to the virus by— having close contact, such as touching or shaking hands, with an infected person, touching objects or surfaces that have the virus on… Read more »


Prevention and Treatment

Prevention There is no vaccine to protect you from enterovirus D68. Since many infected people do not have symptoms, it is difficult to prevent enteroviruses from spreading. Handwashing – You can help protect yourself and others from enterovirus infections by: Washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after using the toilet and changing… Read more »