EV-D68 Confirmed in Northern Arkansas

thumb_e03be4ab55b2ffeLITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The first case of the EV-D68 virus is confirmed by the Arkansas Department of Health this week.

The health department confirmed the case through laboratory testing conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. EV-D68 is one of the many enteroviruses that are common for this time of year, and have sent many children to the hospital nationwide. The health department asks parents to take preventative measures such as hand washing, covering mouths when coughing, and void sharing food or drink with people who are sick.

Medical providers are not required to report suspected cases of the virus, so the number of actual cases in the state cannot be tracked. Health department officials are monitoring the trend of hospital admissions of children with acute respiratory illness, and will investigate clusters of illness that suggest EV-D68.

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