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EV-D68: Easy steps you can take to avoid spreading enterovirus infection
EV-D68: Easy steps you can take to avoid spreading enterovirus infection

Parents should use common sense -- and a healthy dose of soap and water -- to prevent serious illnesses from the respiratory virus recently detected in California, experts said this week. Enterovirus D68 infection has now been confirmed in four children in the state and is expected to appear in more, said state epidemiologist Dr. Gil Chavez. There is no vaccine to prevent the infection, he said -- and in many cases, infected people will never know they have the virus. Enteroviruses are often asymptomatic or cause only mild illnesses similar to a cold. But the serious EV-D68 cases that worry doctors are essentially bad colds that settle in the chest, restricting airways and...

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