The Saskatchewan Disease Control Laboratory (SDCL) can test for this virus. However, doctors don't need to test for Enterovirus D68 to be able to take care of a child who is sick from this virus. Test results take several days and are not required to manage the care of the patient.
Most children will experience mild symptoms and do not need to be tested. However, severely ill or hospitalized children may be tested as part of their investigation.
There is no specific treatment for people with respiratory illness caused by EV-D68.
For mild respiratory illness, you can help relieve symptoms by taking over-the-counter children's medications for pain and fever. Aspirin should not be given to children. Some people with more severe respiratory illness may need to be hospitalized.
Since EV-D68 is a virus, antibiotics will not help. There are also no antiviral medications to treat people with respiratory illness caused by EV-D68 and no vaccine to prevent it.
For mild respiratory illness like body aches and fever, you can help relieve symptoms by giving your child over-the-counter medications made for children. If your child has asthma or is wheezing, the illness may be more severe and you should call your doctor, Nurse Practitioner or clinic. You may also call HealthLine 811. If your child has difficulty breathing, take him/her to the emergency room.