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Information for Families about Enterovirus D68

With the recent increase in respiratory illness reports in many parts of the nation and Illinois, alongside the upcoming cold and flu season, the Kane County Health Department is recommending increased awareness and actions to help control and prevent the spread of illness, toward keeping our community safe and healthy. 

As recently reported by the Illinois Department of Public Health, enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) causes respiratory illness, and the virus can be found in respiratory secretions such as saliva, nasal mucus, or sputum. The virus likely spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches contaminated surfaces. Enteroviruses are commonly occurring, causing 10 to 15 million infections a year. These usually present as mild infections especially in young children. Many people infected with enteroviruses do not present with any symptoms.

Consider using the pointers in the attached documents to help protect yourself and your family from respiratory illnesses.

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Carpentersville, IL 60110
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