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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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What happens if fungal/herpes/enterovirus meningitis aren't treated? Can they cause death?

What happens if fungal/herpes/enterovirus meningitis aren't treated? Can they cause death?

It depends: Fungal meningitis is bad stuff, tough to treat successfully, but usually deadly if not treated. Herpes encephalitis can cause severe disability and/or death and should be aggressively treated as early as possible. Other viral meningitis cases could potentially resolve successfully even without medication, and are often not even clearly diagnosed initially. ...Read more

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I think I caught an enterovirus from my baby girl. Head is pounding and temp is 99.7. Can I expect it to be milder for me than it was for her?

I think I caught an enterovirus from my baby girl. Head is pounding and temp is 99.7. Can I expect it to be milder for me than it was for her?

Entero virus inf.: Usually it is sfae to say that infections in babies are worse than in adults. The baby dos not have the same ability to fight of infections and generally have a rougher course.. Entero viruses are usually self limiting in adults but in babies it can be quite serious including affecting their heart or brain and various other body systems including the liver or kidney and sometimes can be fatal. ...Read more

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Son has fever above 102 for 3 days, not many other symptoms, just lethargic.took him to dr, they say viral..was in hosp 2 wks ago for enterovirus?

Son has fever above 102 for 3 days, not many other symptoms, just lethargic.took him to dr, they say viral..was in hosp 2 wks ago for enterovirus?

Viral infections: Viral infections are common in children. Biggest issue is the continued Fever Phobia we have - belief the fever is harmful. It is not - it is how the body kills infection. Viral treatment is rest, fluids, and as needed Tylenol/motrin for pain/fever discomfort. Most improve by five days - some can break out into rash at end of infection. Keep close eye and tell your MD if any major changes. http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/bacterial-and-viral-infections?page=2 ...Read more

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I think I have enterovirus- headache, mild congestion, localized rash on belly that lasted two days.Should I get tested to see if this is what I have?

I think I have enterovirus- headache, mild congestion, localized rash on belly that lasted two days.Should I get tested to see if this is what I have?

Diarrhea???: You forgot the main symptom of enter overall infection---- ie GI symptoms. Anyway, testing for it will not change course of action and management. Sounds like some sort of viral infection ( even if not enterovirus!). All viral illnesses run 7-10 day course--- with or without treatment. Just keep yourself well hydrated. ...Read more

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My son 1 year old had enterovirus.now he doesn't have a twmperature just a loose stool. Pediatrition told me no fruits. Can i give him fruits?

My son 1 year old had enterovirus.now he doesn't have a twmperature just a loose stool. Pediatrition told me no fruits. Can i give him fruits?

Fruits & diarrhea: The sugar content of fruits is fairly high, and that high sugar content in a stressed intestinal tract will prolong the loose stools. While not dangerous for him, it will prolong the time he has loose stools and may cause some cramping and gas. If your pediatrician says it's best to wait a few weeks to give fruit again, I would heed his/her call and choose other options for a few weeks. ...Read more

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