Concerned About the Respiratory Illness You Hear About in the News?
Fri, 12 Sep 2014
There has been recent news coverage about a virus causing respiratory illness in the Chicagoland area. The virus, named Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), is a seldom seen virus that was first noted in the 1960's. This virus has been causing primarily respiratory symptoms such as cough, difficulty breathing and wheezing. The virus is spread by close contact with an infected person or touching a contaminated surface and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.

There are no specific medications or vaccines for EV-D68. It is best to take the following measures to reduce your risk of infection:

1. Wash your hands with soap and water regularly.
2. Avoid sharing cups/utensils or kissing anyone that is ill
3. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose
4. Disinfect common items such as faucets and doorknobs
5. If you become ill, consult your doctor

Authored by Aman Dhawan, M.D. of Burr Ridge Family Medicine Physicians located 901 McClintock Drive, Suite 110 in Burr Ridge, Illinois. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Dhawan today, please call 630-861-6510 or book online 24/7 by Clicking Here.

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