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Why would someone need an enterovirus culture?

Why would someone  need an enterovirus culture?

Viral cultures: Enteroviruses, such as coxsackie, echo, and polio, replicate in the gastrointestinal track and may cause fever and vague GI symptoms. More serious disease can occur if the virus spread to the central nervous system (causing viral meningitis or even poliomyelitis) or heart (causing myocarditis). The stool, cerebrospinal fluid and heart tissue can be cultured for this group of viruses. ...Read more

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I think I have the enterovirus because I have a cold in the summer. Is this likely the case?

I think I have the enterovirus because I have a cold in the summer. Is this likely the case?

Not enterovirus: Enteroviruses usually cause diarrhea or other intestinal complaints. Other classes of viruses like rhinovirus and adenovirus cause respiratory complaints in the summer. ...Read more

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How serious is enterovirus 68 and is there a test for it?

How serious is enterovirus 68 and is there a test for it?

Depends: Enterovirus 68 has gotten a lot of press recently. It has been causing outbreaks of severe respiratory disease, mainly limited to children with asthma or other respiratory problems. There is no specific treatment, but supportive care is very effective. Fortunately, the fatality rate from the virus is very low with proper supportive care. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Turns out baby girl has enterovirus. Is this contagious before symptoms appear?

Turns out baby girl has enterovirus. Is this contagious before symptoms appear?

Enterovirus: Most likely the virus was shedding before the symptoms appeared. At this point, good hand washing is best way to avoid spread. ...Read more

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As an adult asthmatic how worried do I need to be about the Enterovirus D68 that's hit mostly kids?

As an adult asthmatic how worried do I need to be about the Enterovirus D68 that's hit mostly kids?

Some: It seems to be more common in children and teenagers. If an ordinary cold is making you sick see your doctor. Although EV D68 is very unusual in adults there are other viruses that can cause similar symptoms. ...Read more

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What are some ways to prevent getting the enterovirus? Also, does this virus share the same origins as the cold?

What are some ways to prevent getting the enterovirus? Also, does this virus share the same origins as the cold?

Enteroviruses: There are numerous different enteroviruses (poliomyelitis, Coxsackie, etc.) Enterovirus 68, is similar to the rhinovirus that causes the common cold, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But unlike a cold, the infection can lead to severe respiratory symptoms like wheezing. To prevent this stay away from infected persons, wash hands after touching people. ...Read more

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When cleaning after someone has been ill with enterovirus infection, do we need to disinfect the whole room or just the things they may have touched?

When cleaning after someone has been ill with enterovirus infection, do we need to disinfect the whole room or just the things they may have touched?

Cleaning: When someone is sick with viral infection, it's a good idea to clean the room totally. That's using a good product like clorox wipes to clean and disinfect the surfaces and wash bedding in hot water. This will decrease the transmission if disease. Good luck! ...Read more

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What sicknesses are associated with coxsackie virus and enterovirus 71?

What sicknesses are associated with coxsackie virus and enterovirus 71?

Coxsachie: Group a coxsackieviruses tend to infect the skin and mucous membranes, causing herpangina, acute hemorrhagic conjunctivitis, and hand foot and mouth disease coxachie b cardiomyopathy entro 17 produces nervous system disorders and hand foot mouth disease though milder cases may cause diarrhea or be asymptomatic. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about enterovirus 68? And what precautions I need to take with my 3 1/2 year old and 9 month old?

Can you tell me about enterovirus 68? And what precautions I need to take with my 3 1/2 year old and 9 month old?

Enteroviral D68: Best to check out the CDC website for uptodate information. It is a respiratory illness and is air borne. The best you can do is to avoid public gatherings or anyone sick. Follow up with a physician for any worrisome symptoms for supportive care. All the best and I hope they stay well. ...Read more

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