Hospitals in Missouri and Illinois are reporting more children than usual with severe respiatory illness caused by Enterovirus (EV-D68), and in several other states, children are developing severe resporatory illness, possibly due to EV-D68. There are four confirmed cases at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. While there are no confirmed cases on Villanova University's campus at this time, the Student Health Center is providing you with information on the background of EV-D68 and the recommended prevention measures to limit the potential spread of the virus.
- Ev-D68 is a common virus which causes respiratory illness. Symptoms include cough, runny nose, sore throat and sometimes fever, Those who have tested positive for rhe virus are children 6 weeks to 16 years. Children who have a history of wheezing or asthma are at a higher risk for hospitalization, pneumonia, and other complications.
- EV-D68 is spread from person to person by droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Less often a person might become infected by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose.
- There is no specific treatment for EV-D68 infections. There are no medications available for treating EV-D68. Many infections will be mild and self limiting. Some people with severe respiratory illness may need to be hospitalized,. Please consult the Student Health Center if you are experiencing symptions, or call 610-519-4070
Protect yourself friom respiratory illnesses by following these steps:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid kissing,hugging and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
- Disinfect frequently touched surface, such as cell phones, and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
- Stay home from work or school if you are sick.
More information is available at www.cdc.gov and What's New: Entrovirus D68