In the midst of flu season, the public is also battling another nasty virus, the Enterovirus D68 (EV- 68).
“Not only are we dealing with the typical cold and flu season, we are also dealing with Enterovirus D68. Enterovirus D68 (EV-68) was first identified in 1962,” said Renee Burt with the Macon County School system. “A mix of enteroviruses circulates every year, and different types of enteroviruses can be common in different years. Small numbers have been reported in the past, but this year, the number of people reported with confirmed EV-D68 is much greater than reported in previous years. Please help us in taking all necessary precautions for the protection of our students.”
The virus, which spreads when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches a surface that is then touched by others, causes respiratory illness. Symptoms include mild fever, ruby nose, sneezing, coughing, and body and muscle aches. Although symptoms resemble the common cold, the virus can be more dangerous and severe symptoms can cause wheezing and difficulty breathing.