Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) Information:
- There is an ongoing nationwide outbreak of Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) associated with severe respiratory illness in the United States. We are currently in the middle of the respiratory virus season. In addition to more than 100 types of enteroviruses, several other respiratory viruses such as rhinovirus, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and influenza are common during this time of year.
- Local health officials in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Health are conducting surveillance for EV-D68 to monitor the spread of disease in New Jersey and better understand EV-D68 and the illness associated with the virus.
- Symptoms of EV-D68 may range from mild to severe respiratory illness. Mild symptoms may resemble cold-like symptoms. More or worsening symptoms such as difficulty breathing, wheezing, and worsening of asthma may require hospitalization. Consult with your health care provider if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.
- The preventative measures to protect yourself and others from enterovirus infections include the following:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact (kissing, touching, sharing eating utensils and shaking hands) with people who are sick, or when you are sick
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as door knobs and toys
- Use good respiratory hygiene; coughing and sneezing into a tissue or elbow and properly disposing of tissues
- Stay home when sick and call your healthcare provider
- For further information, please visit the NJDOH or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
You may also call the Bergen County Department of Health Services at 201-634-2600.