VCU Medical Center's statement on local enterovirus cases

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Following the Virginia Department of Health's disclosure on Wednesday of test results that confirmed seven cases of enterovirus in the Richmond area, VCU Medical Center released a statement about the news.

The Centers for Disease Control has confirmed seven cases of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) in Virginia. In the last few weeks, Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) has seen a significant increase in children with upper respiratory and asthma-related problems. CHoR provides the highest level of pediatric care in the region, including 24-hour access to all pediatric specialties. Critically ill children with respiratory illnesses often require comprehensive care from a team of pulmonologists, critical care specialists, infectious diseases specialists, respiratory therapists, nurses and other pediatric providers – all of whom are available at CHoR.

EV-D68 can cause mild to severe respiratory illness. Most people will experience mild cold symptoms, which may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough and body and muscle aches. Severe symptoms may include difficulty breathing and wheezing. Children with asthma may have a higher risk for severe respiratory illness like EV-D68, and should take all of their regularly prescribed medications and have rescue medications on hand. Asthmatic children and their family members should also take advantage of the influenza vaccine, since people with asthma often have a difficult time with respiratory illnesses. For more information on the virus and answers to commonly asked questions, visit

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