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Prevention

Many people who get infected with non-polio enteroviruses do not have symptoms but can still spread the virus to other people. This makes it is difficult to prevent them from spreading. The best way to help protect yourself and others from non-polio enterovirus infections is to

  • wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after using the toilet or changing diapers
  • avoid close contact, such as touching and shaking hands, with people who are sick
  • clean and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces

See this infographic on prevention steps: Keep Your Child from Getting and Spreading Enterovirus D68.

There is no vaccine to protect you from non-polio enterovirus infection.

Treatment

There is no specific treatment for non-polio enterovirus infection. People with mild illness caused by non-polio enterovirus infection typically only need to treat their symptoms. This includes drinking enough water to stay hydrated and taking over-the-counter cold medications as needed. Most people recover completely. However, some illnesses caused by non-polio enteroviruses can be severe enough to require hospitalization.

If you are concerned about your symptoms, you should contact your health care provider.

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