6 things all parents should know about enterovirus D68

October 3, 2014 3:33 PM

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There are more than 100 known varieties of non-polio enteroviruses in the world, and they cause 10 to 15 million infections every year, ranging from the common cold (rhinovirus), to hand, foot, and mouth disease (coxsackie), to meningitis and gastrointestinal illness. Enteroviruses are harbored in the GI tract, but they can cause symptoms all over the body depending on strain.

But what’s so unique about this strain of enterovirus D68, which was first identified in California in the 1960s? And why is it re-emerging now? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 500 cases have been identified in 42 U.S. states. But that’s likely an underes...

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