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One severe respiratory illness under investigation in Spokane County; Still no confirmed cases of enterovirus

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With several severe respiratory illnesses in Washington state under investigation for enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) officials confirm they are working with local providers to investigate a severe respiratory illness in With several severe respiratory illnesses in Washington state under investigation for enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) officials confirm they are working with local providers to investigate a severe respiratory illness in
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SPOKANE, Wash. - While there are still no confirmed cases of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), the Spokane Regional Health District confirmed with KHQ on Friday that they are working with local doctors to investigate a severe respiratory illness in one child. 


Most individuals whoe catch an enterovirus will experience symptoms similar to a common cold or flu including sneezing, a runny nose and a cough. Some may even have a hard time breathing and/or develop a rash and fever. The Spokane Regional Health District said the virus spreads easily, similar to the common cold. 


Severe cases of EV-D68 have been reported in Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Kentucky. Several cases are being investigated in Washington, but none have been officially confirmed as EV-D68.


For mild respiratory illness, parents can help relieve symptoms with over-the-counter medications for pain and fever. Children with asthma or a history of breathing problems are particularly susceptible to severe symptoms. If your child is having difficulty breathing, you should take them to the doctor. 


If you or your child do not have severe symptoms, you do not need to seek medical attention. There is no vaccine for enterovirus infections, however the Spokane Regional Health District has offered these tips to decrease the risk for enterovirus infections: 


  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds (alcohol hand gel is not as good as hand washing for enteroviruses)
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid contact with ill people
  • Do not go to day care, school or work while ill
  • 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
  • Children and adults with asthma should be sure to have their asthma symptoms under control and see a health care provider if they develop a respiratory infection and their asthma worsens

Check for updates on the CDC web site by clicking the link provided above. 


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