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The Administration for Children and Families has received questions from
Head Start and child care programs about recent news reports of Enterovirus D68
(EV-D68) spreading across the country. Infecting about 10 to 15 million
Americans each year, enteroviruses are very common, especially during the
summer and fall months. Infants and children are more susceptible to infection
due to developing immune systems and the lack of prior exposure to viruses.
Pregnant women also have a greater chance of being infected but will only
develop mild or no symptoms. In fact, most people who acquire enteroviruses do
not get sick. However, EV-D68 can cause mild-to-severe respiratory illness.
Children with asthma could have a higher risk for severe respiratory illness
caused by EV-D68 infection.