Enterovirus

What Is An Enterovirus?

An Enterovirus Overview

Have you ever heard of of enteroviruses? Today, First Med Urgent Care is sharing information about these types of infections. The truth is that anyone can get infected with this non-polio enterovirus, but young children and teenagers are most likely to become sick. According to the CDC 10 to 15 million infections are caused by enterovirus in the United States each year.

It is reported that the main source of this illness can be caused by contaminated water. Who loves swimming at the lake, ocean, or in a river? When it comes to swimming in natural waters you just quite know what you’re swimming in and sometimes what’s in the water can cause an enterovirus to spread. When you and your kids are swimming there is always the possibility that someone will end up swallowing water, putting those that do at risk for enterovirus.

Once one family member or friend in close contact has this virus, it is easily spread. Other people can get the disease simply by touching objects or surfaces that have the virus on them and then transferring the virus by touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. Symptoms can range from basic common cold issues to people becoming very sick with infections that impact the heart or brain. In very extreme circumstances, paralyzation can occur.

Unfortunately, there is not a vaccine yet created to protect against enterovirus infections so the only ways to prevent you and your family from becoming ill include:

  • Washing hands often with soap and water
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces

Luckily, most occurrences of enterovirus don’t require specific treatments and people usually completely recover. Since rare severe cases can occur, it is important to monitor your symptoms. If at any time you are concerned about your symptoms, you should contact a doctor.

First Med Urgent Care wishes everyone a happy, safe, and healthy summer! Additionally, we’d like to remind everyone to swim safely!