Enterovirus D68

Just three days ago, the Florida Department of Health reported the state’s first confirmed case of the Enterovirus D68 (EVD68) in Polk County. Today, the Pensacola News Journal reported another case of the virus in an 8-year-old boy who lives in Escambia County.

Last month, the Navarre Press reported on the virus that, at that point, was plaguing the middle part of the country.

EV-D68 often comes with mild symptoms can include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough and body and muscle aches that can be confused with other, more typical, respiratory illnesses. But EVD68 is different because it
makes breathing more difficult and some cases have reported wheezing as well.

The virus typically runs the course of an intense cold, though it might be more severe. Complications can occur among those with compromised or undeveloped immune systems.

For more information, visit http://newsroom.doh.state.fl.us/2014/10/09/information-on-enterovirus-d68/ or http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/ev-d68.html.

Read more in the Oct. 16 issue of the Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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