JACKSON, Miss. – The first Mississippi case of Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) been detected according to the Mississippi State Department of Health. The infection put a child from Hancock County in the hospital, but has since recovered.
Entroviruses are common, but this particular type can cause a server a respiratory illness in kids, especially if they have asthma or other health complications. EV-D68 can sometimes be mistaken for the common cold since symptoms include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches.
Currently there is not a vaccine for EV-D68, but you can prevent it by washing your hands and avoiding people that might be infected, which can also help out during flu season.
“We have been working with healthcare providers to give guidance on testing, prevention, and infection control. While there is no vaccine, there are some basic things you can do to prevent infection from EV-D68, as well as other viral illnesses such as flu,” said MSDH State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs.
Basic preventive measures include the following:
· Stay home (or keep children home) when ill and consult your healthcare provider.
· Wash hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds.
· Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
· Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or utensils with ill people.
· Disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.