It’s not surprising that Massachusetts has its first confirmed case of Enterovirus D 68 in an 8yo girl from southeastern Mass. The child does have asthma and has been discharged from the hospital. Pediatric units have been full with children with respiratory distress, wheezing, cough, runny nose, fever, and rashes. Children with asthma are at higher risk.
DPH State Epidemiologist Dr. Alfred DeMaria underscored the importance of simple, common-sense steps such as hand-washing to reduce the spread of illness. “As with any other respiratory virus, hand washing is the key to reduce spread, use soap and warm water for 20 seconds” said Dr. DeMaria.
Other tips for parents and patients include:
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone in the home is sick