Non-polio enteroviruses are very common viruses. They cause 10 to 15 million infections in the United States each year.
Anyone can get infected with non-polio enteroviruses. But infants, children, and teenagers are more likely to get infected and become sick. That's because they do not yet have immunity (protection) from previous exposures to the viruses.
You can get infected with non-polio enteroviruses by having close contact with an infected person. You can also get infected by touching objects or surfaces that have the virus on them then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
In the United States, people are more likely to get infected with non-polio enteroviruses in the summer and fall.
Less common symptoms:
Non-polio enteoviruses can be found in an infected person’s
Exposure to the virus through:
By then touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands, you can get infected with the virus.
Currently, there is no vaccine to protect you from non-polio enterovirus infection. Many infected people never have symptoms for the virus, so it is difficult to prevent non-polio enteroviruses from spreading.
You can protect yourself and others from non-polio enterovirus infections by:
In 2014, there were 1,153 confirmed cases of Enterovirus-D68 in the U.S. (CDC)
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