Thursday, September 18, 2014

Enterovirus D68 Confirmed in State

The Oklahoma State Department of Health confirmed Wednesday that the enterovirus D68 is circulating and causing respiratory illness in Oklahoma. Seven individuals have been hospitalized in the central part of the state, the OSDH reported. The infection appears similar to the common cold, with body aches, coughing, a runny nose and possibly a fever. But in some children the illness can progress rapidly into something more serious such as wheezing, difficulty breathing and difficulty getting enough oxygen. The OSDH said there are no specific treatments or vaccines for the virus. Prevention can be improved by washing hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, avoiding touching the eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, not sharing cups and eating utensils with others, disinfecting frequently touched surfaces such as toys, doorknobs and light switches, and staying home when sick.

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