Entervirus D68 expected to fade with colder temperatures

A report released Wednesday stated that the number of particularly severe Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) cases will decrease with coming winter temperatures.

Dr. George McSherry, the chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, said in the report that the change in seasons and temperature will kill off the virus.

Some parents have been alarmed over the symptoms of EV-D68, which are especially severe in the case of children. Even though most cases did not report a fever, some EV-D68 patients have experienced respiratory discomfort, such as difficulty breathing. Children with asthma are particularly susceptible, as are preschoolers and kindergarteners.

Some of the children who contracted EV-D68 entered hospitals, but most of them recuperated quickly. Doctors are more concerned about adults confusing EV-D68 with common cold symptoms.

"The largest group of infected children was likely unreported because they had experienced only common cold symptoms," McSherry said. "They don't get anyone's attention except maybe their own doctor."

EV-D68 is as easily contracted as the common cold.

“You get it by shaking hands with somebody who sneezed into their hands or touching a contaminated surface like a phone or a counter and rubbing your eyes, nose or mouth," McSherry said.

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