Dear South Berwyn Community,
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is monitoring an increase in respiratory illnesses throughout the state. Several hospitals in Illinois and Missouri have reported clusters of severe respiratory illness, particularly in children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified the cause in some cases as Enterovirus 68, or EV-D68. Patients typically presented with a cough, difficulty breathing, and wheezing; they may or may not have had a fever.
There are more than 100 kinds of enteroviruses, and EV-D68 is not very common. There is no specific treatment for this virus, but several behaviors can help prevent its spread: