The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services confirms
that an infant in Long Beach has been diagnosed with Enterovirus
D68 (EV-D68). The child was briefly hospitalized and has
From mid-August to October 1, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed 500 people in 42 states and the
District of Columbia with respiratory illness due to EV-D68.
Enterovirus D68 causes mild to severe respiratory illness. Children
with asthma are at highest risk of developing severe complications.
Symptoms may include fever, cough, runny nose, and body aches.
Severe symptoms may include wheezing and difficulty
The virus is found in an infected person's respiratory secretions,
such as saliva, nasal mucus, or sputum. EV-D68 can spread from
person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or
touches contaminated surfaces.
"We always urge residents to wash their hands with soap and water
to prevent disease transmission," said Dr. Mitchell Kushner, Long
Beach City Health Officer. Additional recommendations
- Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially
after changing diapers.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils
with people who are sick.
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and
doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
To reduce risk of severe respiratory illness, people with asthma
should regularly take their medication and maintain control of
their illness. People with asthma are also encouraged to get the