What's Going Around: Enterovirus


Medical providers this week say viruses are What's Going Around--- they're seeing a lot of viral upper respiratory infections, runny nose, cough congestion -- and one virus in particular called "enterovirus."

Dr. Mike Patrick of Nationwide Children's hospital said it is passed around classrooms primarily as you get 20-30 children together in close quarters, sharing and not necessarily practicing good hand health hygiene.

Your child's symptoms will look similar to the common cold. Because it is a virus, supportive care is the option for treatment.

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Dr. Mike recommends "things like rest lots of fluids. For aches and pains and fever you could give Tylenol or acetaminophen or ibuprofen, which is Advil or Motrin."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that enteroviruses are common and cause millions of infections in the United States.

Researchers recommend that you protect yourself by washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after using the toilet and changing diapers.

Also, avoid close contact, such as touching and shaking hands, with people who are sick and by being sure to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.