Join Dr. Preeti Parikh as she explains enterovirus symptoms and tranmission, as well as important prevention actions such as washing hands and disinfecting shared objects. An enterovirus infection causes minor symptoms associated with the common cold, but the D68 strain of the enterovirus is more severe and most commonly affects children. People with asthma are at a greater risk for becoming infected. The virus is spread through secretions like saliva and mucus and causes symptoms including fever, runny nose and cough. In severe cases, wheezing and difficulty breathing may occur. As there is no cure for the enterovirus, the virus is treated the same way you treat the common cold, however, severe cases may require hospitalization.
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