Enteroviruses

Enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68); Hand, foot and mouth disease; viral meningitis; viral conjunctivitis

Non-polio enteroviruses are very common viruses; there are more than 100 different types. Around 10 to 15 million enterovirus infections occur in the United States each year. Most infected people have no symptoms or only mild symptoms, but some infections can be serious, especially among infants and people with weakened immune systems. People of any age can get enterovirus infections, but infants, children, and teenagers are more likely than adults to become sick.

Most enterovirus infections in the United States occur seasonally during the summer and fall. Enteroviruses can cause respiratory illness, febrile rash, and neurologic illnesses, such as aseptic meningitis (swelling of the tissue covering the brain and spinal cord) and encephalitis (swelling of the brain).

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Last Revised: March 30, 2017