State Confirms Enterovirus Cases in Two Counties
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on Friday confirmed four cases of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) in patients in San Diego and Ventura counties. Other specimens from throughout the state being tested at CDPH labs and more cases are anticipated in coming weeks
EV-D68 causes respiratory illness and is spread through coughing, sneezing and touching contaminated surfaces. It is especially dangerous for children with a history of asthma or other breathing problems.
Symptoms include fever (although fever may not be present), runny nose, sneezing, cough and body and muscle aches. Immediate medical attention should be sought for children who are wheezing, have difficulty speaking or eating, are pulling in their abdomen with breaths or have blueness around the lips.
The best way to prevent transmission of enteroviruses is to:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers.
- 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 surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
Please download the CDPH press release for more information.