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How is enterovirus D68 treated?

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No medicines target this virus. Antibiotics won't help, since the illness is not caused by bacteria.

You can take an over-the-counter pain reliever, which might help you feel a little better, just like with a normal cold.

If your symptoms are severe, you should call your doctor or go to the emergency room.

If it's an emergency -- for instance, you're having trouble breathing -- call 911. You may need to be hospitalized.

From: What Is Enterovirus D68? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Growing Enterovirus Outbreak Ensnaring Children, Teens."

CDC: "Enterovirus D68," "Non-Polio Enterovirus," "Severe Respiratory Illness Associated with Enterovirus D68--Missouri and Illinois, 2014."

Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians: "Clinical Advisory Regarding Enterovirus D68."

Oberste, M. Journal of General Virology, May 2004.

University of California San Francisco: "Rare Polio-Like Disease in California."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on November 16, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Growing Enterovirus Outbreak Ensnaring Children, Teens."

CDC: "Enterovirus D68," "Non-Polio Enterovirus," "Severe Respiratory Illness Associated with Enterovirus D68--Missouri and Illinois, 2014."

Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians: "Clinical Advisory Regarding Enterovirus D68."

Oberste, M. Journal of General Virology, May 2004.

University of California San Francisco: "Rare Polio-Like Disease in California."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on November 16, 2018

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