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Non-polio enteroviruses are very common viruses that cause about 10 to 15 million infections in the United States each year. Anyone can get infected, but infants, children, and teenagers are more likely to get infected and become sick because they do not yet have immunity (protection) from previous exposure.
Most people who get infected with non-polio enteroviruses do not get sick or they may have mild illness, like the common cold. However, some people can get very sick and may require hospitalization.
Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68)
Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of many non-polio enteroviruses. This virus has not been commonly reported in the United States until it caused several outbreaks in 2014. EV-D68 can cause mild to severe respiratory illness. Mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches. The virus likely spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches contaminated surfaces