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Don’t forget about Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68)!

With national attention focused on Ebola, many parents are not aware of “the other virus” that is affecting children and teens. EV-D68 is a viral illness that can cause mild to severe respiratory symptoms, including fever, runny nose, sneezing, and cough, and may lead to wheezing and difficulty breathing. The virus is spread person to person when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It can also spread indirectly by touching an unclean surface. There is currently no treatment for this virus but everyone can decrease the risk of getting it by:
• Washing hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
• Avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoiding close contact such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
• Covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not your hands.
• Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
• Staying home when you are sick.

Children with asthma or other types of breathing problems are at higher risk for getting sick with wheezing and difficulty breathing from EV-D68. It is very important that these children:
• Update their asthma action plan with their primary care provider.
• Take their prescribed asthma medication as directed
• Be sure to keep their reliever medication with them.

This message is brought to you by Swain County Health Department and its community partners:
Cherokee Public Health & Human Services Division
Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority
Jackson County Department of Public Health

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Health Department
545 Center Street
Bryson City, NC 28713

Mailing Address:
545 Center Street
Bryson City, NC 28713


Alison Cochran, Director

Phone 828-488-3198 x2002
Fax 828-488-8672


Office Hours:
7:45 am – 4:45 pm
Monday – Friday