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Enterovirus-D68 Identified in New Hampshire
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Communicable Disease Control and Surveillance
Publish Date:
September 26, 2014

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is confirming the first cases in the State of Enterovirus-D68 (EV-D6), a respiratory virus that is spreading across the United States. Two children from Hillsborough County have been identified as having the virus. They were briefly hospitalized but have since been discharged without reported complications. The confirmatory results came from the New York State Department of Health Labs today. DHHS continues to monitor the situation and is offering assistance to healthcare providers and hospitals in testing for the virus if needed.

Approximately 40 states have now reported cases of EV-D68 which mainly is affecting children. The illness appears to be causing a respiratory illness including difficulty breathing and wheezing. Some patients, but not all, also have a fever. Those with a history of asthma or wheezing may be at an increased risk for complications requiring hospitalization.

"This is a concerning finding but unfortunately not an unexpected one," said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. "We have been watching out for the arrival of EV-D68 and doing testing and will continue to monitor for it closely. People who have asthma, especially children, are encouraged to be vigilant in taking their asthma controlling medications."

There are many types of Enteroviruses, and EV-D68 is one strain that has not been commonly reported previously. Most people infected with an Enterovirus experience no or few symptoms. There is no vaccine to prevent EV-D68 infections and the treatment is supportive. Those with a history of asthma or wheezing should take any prescribed medications as instructed and closely follow their asthma action plan. New Hampshire residents can help protect themselves from respiratory illnesses by:

  • Washing hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Avoiding touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding kissing, hugging, and sharing cups and eating utensils with people who are sick.
  • Disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
  • Stay home from school and work if you are ill to avoid infecting others.

For more information about EV-D68, visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov or the DHHS website at www.dhhs.nh.gov.

 
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