EV-D68 in Alabama Update
The Alabama Department of Public Health is still currently investigating two clusters of respiratory illness in children in Mobile and north Alabama. On August 29th officials sent a message to all primary care physicians to consider testing for EV-D68 in children with severe respiratory illness and no other cause. Six specimens were received by the A-D-P-H and they have been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for testing for EV-D68. Alabama health officials are awaiting those test results, because many states have submitted specimens to be tested.
To prevent EV-D68 and all other communicable viruses like influenza, people need to: Wash their hands frequently, Cover their cough, Keep children home if ill, Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups and eating utensils with sick people, and Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs. EV-D68 has more severe respiratory symptoms. There is no vaccine; treatment depends on the symptoms, and prevention is very important.