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Enterovirus D68


Enterovirus D68

Micah Ryan, M.D.
Boys Town Pediatrics

​We've probably all been exposed to an enterovirus in the past. This particular strain of enterovirus, D68, this is affecting kids, not necessarily adults.

What we are seeing is much of the respiratory, the breathing issues, lots of wheezing, lots of strong coughs.

It's really getting kids sick enough where, not only are they getting admitted to the hospital, but even to the intensive-care unit because they are getting that bad from this virus.

Right now, this enterovirus D68, we're not seeing it in Omaha yet. It will be here. Right now, it's in Kansas City, Chicago, with suspected cases in Colorado and Iowa. We're going to get it eventually.

When should I bring my child to the doctor?

I always tell my patients and parents that if you start seeing them sucking in above their ribs or below their ribs. You might see their nose really flaring wide. You're going to see them breathing really quickly, especially with our babies. We see them really start moving their head quite a bit and moving their belly quite a bit. You just get that sense that, wow, they're breathing just a little too hard. That's when you want to bring them in.

How can I protect my children from enterovirus D68?

The biggest thing you can do to protect your family is good hand-washing, good cough hygiene, and if you're kid gets sick, just know that you have to keep a close eye on them.

If you are concerned, don't wait, bring your child in.​​

Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of many non-polio enteroviruses and can cause mild to severe respiratory illness. Dr. Micah Ryan​, pediatrician with Boys Town Pediatrics, explains the symptoms of enterovirus D68, when you should bring your child to the doctor, and how you can protect your family from enterovirus D68.