This is a news release from the Mississippi Department of Health
The Mississippi State Department of
Health (MSDH) confirms the first Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) case in a Mississippi
resident. The case was a Hancock County child who was hospitalized and has
Enteroviruses are very common, causing up to 10-15 million
infections in the United States each year. EV-D68 is one type of enterovirus
that has recently been identified as sometimes causing severe respiratory
illnesses and hospitalization in children.
Symptoms of EV-D68 are very similar to the common cold, and
runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches. While most
cases of illness are likely mild, children (newborns through teenagers) are
most likely to become seriously ill, and those with asthma and other underlying
health conditions have a greater chance of complications from the virus.
"We have been working with healthcare providers to give
guidance on testing, prevention, and infection control. While there is no
vaccine, there are some basic things you can do to prevent infection from
EV-D68, as well as other viral illnesses such as flu," said MSDH State
Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs.
Basic preventive measures include the following:
home (or keep children home) when ill and consult your healthcare provider.
hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds.
touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or utensils with ill people.
frequently touched surfaces such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone