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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
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
As an adult asthmatic how worried do I need to be about the Enterovirus D68 that's hit mostly kids?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer