Confirmed case of Enterovirus D68 in Conn.

In severe cases patients have difficulty breathing

(WTNH) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed a case of Enterovirus D68 in Connecticut.

The unidentified child, who was in the hospital, has already been discharged. Four other local hospitals are also trying to figure out if they’ve seen the illness as well.

According to the Department of Public Health, symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches. In severe cases patients have difficulty breathing.

“If your child is sick with a cold and having difficulty breathing, or their symptoms are getting worse, then contact your health care provider right away,” DPH commissioner Dr. Jewel Mullen said in a statement. “If your child has asthma, make sure to follow the care plan your health care provider has already outlined.”

To help prevent its spread, people are advised to:

  • Washing hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers
    Avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
    Avoiding kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick
    Disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick

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