Presence of Enterovirus EV-D68 Confirmed in WNY; Erie County Specimens Test Positive for Virus Strain

 

MEDIA RELEASE

From the Office of the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Gale R. Burstein

 Date September 22, 2014                          

CONTACT: Mary C. St. Mary/Mary.StMary@Erie.Gov

Phone: 716.858.4941/ Mobile: 716.253.3925

 Presence of Enterovirus EV-D68 Confirmed in WNY

Erie County Specimens Test Positive for Virus Strain

ERIE COUNTY, NY— At a press conference held earlier today at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, the Erie County Department of Health (“ECDOH”) confirmed the presence of Enterovirus EV-D68 in Erie County.

“As expected, some of the samples sent to the Wadsworth Center, New York State’s Public Health Laboratory in Albany tested positive for Enterovirus EV-D68” stated Dr. Gale R. Burstein, Erie County Commissioner of Health.  “We anticipate that additional specimens will be found to be positive for the Enterovirus EV-D68 as they are tested.” 

 For most chLab Specimensildren, adolescents, and adults, this virus presents as the common cold. Symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing and coughing although most individuals with the EV-D68 virus will exhibit only mild symptoms. However, certain individuals, particularly children with chronic lung disease, such as asthma, may require hospitalization.

 Erie County residents are urged to follow these precautions to prevent the spread of the EV-D68 virus:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing food, drink, eating utensils or beverage glasses with people who are sick
  • Use disinfectant on frequently touched surfaces such as toys, doorknobs, shared telephones, and countertops, especially if someone is already ill

Burstein concluded: “Frequent hand-washing is the most important health tip for all of us to remember so that we do not spread illness. Wash your hands carefully and thoroughly with soap and water, especially after using the toilet or changing diapers, and always before eating, preparing, or handling food. When sneezing or coughing, be sure to turn away from others and use a tissue to cover your mouth or nose and sneeze into the crook or your arm, rather than into your hands.”

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For More Information:

Erie County Department of Health – www.erie.gov/health

NY State Department of Health -- http://www.health.ny.gov/press/releases/2014/2014-09-10_monitoring_respiratory_virus.htm

http://www.health.ny.gov/press/releases/2014/2014-09-12_ev-d68_confirmed.htm

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention –

http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/EV-D68.html

http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/EV-D68.html?s_cid=cdc_homepage_whatsnew_001