Submitted by Anne Gray
Osage County Health Department Administrator
During the past couple of months, there has been an increase in the number of children being hospitalized with enterovirus. The Osage County Health Department is aware of this situation and is closely monitoring it. We would like to share some important information about this illness with the community so that we can keep each other healthy.
Enterovirus is a type of virus that is spread by respiratory secretions such as coughs, sneezes, or saliva. As such, it is important to remember to cough or sneeze into your elbow and to wash your hands after sneezing, coughing, and blowing your nose. This will keep the virus from spreading and will reduce the potential for people becoming ill.
Enterovirus can affect people of any age. However, it is having the most severe effects on infants, children, and teens. If your infant, child, or teen develops any of the symptoms listed below, please contact your health care provider so that they can receive medical attention. This is especially important if the symptoms worsen and they have difficulty breathing.