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Published on September 24, 2014

SRHS Monitoring Enterovirus in the Upstate

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) continues to monitor the level of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) in the Upstate. As of September 24, SRHS has not been contacted by the CDC or DHEC about any of our patients testing positive for the enterovirus.

What is enterovirus D68?

Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of many non-polio enteroviruses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). From August to Sept. 23, 2014, a total of 213 people in 30 states have been confirmed to have respiratory illness caused by EV-D68. The disease started in the Midwest and has spread to the Southeast, including North Carolina and South Carolina. The cases of EV-D68 infection are confirmed by CDC or state public health laboratories that notified the CDC. So far, almost all the cases have involved children, with only one adult. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Preventing EV-D68: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs

(Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

The best way to prevent EV-D68 is to practice good health habits. Covering your mouth when coughing and washing your hands can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses.

Since EV-D68 causes respiratory illness, the virus can be found in an infected person’s respiratory secretions, such as saliva or nasal mucus. EV-D68 likely spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes or touches contaminated surfaces.

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid kissing, hugging and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
  • People with asthma will have a higher risk for respiratory illnesses. They should take medication to control their illnesses and receive influenza vaccine.

Who is most at risk to be infected with EV-D68?

Infants, children and teenagers are most likely to be infected by EV-D68. Children with asthma seem to be at a higher risk, according to the CDC.

 What are the symptoms of EV-D68 infection?

  • EV-D68 can cause mild to severe respiratory illness.
  • Mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough and body and muscle aches.
  • Several of the children who were ill with EV-D68 infection had difficulty breathing and some had wheezing. Many of these children had asthma or a history of wheezing.

Is there a vaccine?

No. There are no vaccines for preventing EV-D68 infections.

Contact your doctor or one of our physicians at the Medical Group of the Carolinas (MGC) if symptoms get worse or do not go away.

MGC is a group of 275 physicians, in 20 specialties and serving 11 counties. MGC includes three pediatric offices in Spartanburg. Visit your physician or find a physician at

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