SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – The enterovirus has been around for awhile but one particular strain, Enterovirus D68, has spread quickly and has infected nearly 200 children.
Dr. Michael Klatte, Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist at Baystate Children’s Hospital joined us to share more.
Enteroviruses mainly affect the respiratory system and gastrointestinal tract, causing symptoms such as fever, upper respiratory symptoms,
including cough, runny nose, and nasal congestion, as well as diarrhea and stomach pain. Depending on the specific type of enterovirus that a
child is infected with, rashes (including hand, foot, and mouth disease), conjunctivitis (redness of the whites of the eyes), and neurologic illnesses
such as aseptic meningitis and encephalitis may be seen. EV-D68 appears to cause symptoms primarily affecting the airways, including wheezing,
increased difficulty breathing, and the need for more oxygen.