(AP) - The Alabama Department of Public Health is investigating a cluster of children in Mobile County, Alabama who are suspected to have Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68). Health care providers have been asked to report clusters of cases, individual cases are not required to be reported. 

Enteroviruses symptoms vary but include mild respiratory, fever, rash and neurologic illness.  EV-D68 has more severe respiratory symptoms. There is no vaccine; treatment depends on the symptoms, and prevention is very important.  

To prevent EV-D68 and all other communicable viruses like influenza, people need to:

  • Wash their hands frequently
  • Cover their cough
  • Keep children home if ill
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups and eating utensils with sick people
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs  

If you or a family member has severe respiratory symptoms, please contact your doctor and follow his/her advice.