Most people who are infected with non-polio enteroviruses do not get sick, or they only have mild illness. Symptoms of mild illness may include:
- runny nose, sneezing, cough
- skin rash
- mouth blisters
- body and muscle aches
Some non-polio enterovirus infections can cause
- viral conjunctivitis,
- hand, foot, and mouth disease,
- viral meningitis (infection of the covering of the spinal cord and/or brain).
Less commonly, a person may develop:
- myocarditis (infection of the heart)
- pericarditis (infection of the sac around the heart)
- encephalitis (infection of the brain)
People who develop myocarditis may have heart failure and require long term care. Some people who develop encephalitis or paralysis may not fully recover.
Newborns infected with non-polio enterovirus may develop sepsis (infection of the blood and other organs). But this is very rare.
Non-polio enterovirus infections may play a role in the development of type 1 diabetes in children.
For information about risks to pregnant women, see Pregnancy & Non-Polio Enterovirus Infection.Top of Page
- Page last reviewed: May 10, 2013
- Page last updated: May 10, 2013
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