Protect Yourself from a Enteroviruses
With the rising number of cases of enteroviruses in our area, it is important to know what you can do to protect yourself, your family, and your place of business.
Individuals affected with a mild strain typically only need treatment for symptoms. However, some illnesses caused by EV-A71, EV-D68, and Norovirus (GII) can be severe enough to require hospitalization.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has been monitoring this situation closely since the spring of this year.
While investigating the outbreaks, the CDC has issued alerts to health care providers on how to test for the viruses and enhance child protection, as children and the elderly are more susceptible.
Here are a few of the symptoms when it comes to enteroviruses:
- Complications of acute flaccid myelitis.
- Severe symptoms such as sudden weakness in arms and legs, trouble breathing, unsteady walking, severe headache, stiff neck or seizures.
- Dizziness, wobbliness, or abnormal, jerking movements that are worse at night.
- Fever along with any other concerning symptoms.
- Parents and/or guardians should contact a health care provider if they or their children have any of these listed symptoms.
To help protect yourself from enteroviruses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. (Dial Soap is amazing)
- Be especially careful to wash your hands after using the bathroom and/or changing diapers.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick, and do not share cups or eat after someone.
- Cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth especially if you have not washed your hands.
- Stay home when you’re sick and keep your child home from school or daycare for 24 hours after fever ends.
- Pay attention to drooling or if they have mouth sores.
The EPA has specific protocols to treat for various enteroviruses. If you suspect any contaminants are present in your home or business, it is vital to have it professionally disinfected with specialty products and application equipment.
According to the CDC website, Colorado has had previous outbreaks of less-common enteroviruses.
In 2014, enterovirus D68 caused an outbreak of respiratory illness in Colorado children and was associated with 11 cases of acute flaccid myelitis.
In 2003 and 2005, enterovirus A71 caused outbreaks similar to what Colorado is experiencing now, with eight cases of central nervous system infections occurring in each of those years.
if you're seeking more information or think you're having an enterovirus issue in your home/workplace be sure to give us a call!