Toronto Public Health has confirmed the first three cases of Omicron variant Enterovirus D68 (OVD68) in Toronto. According to a Public Health Ontario news release, early results show that three children within the age range of 11 months through eight years have been confirmed to have the infection.
According to data provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 41 U.S. cases of the infection have been reported between October 11, 2018 and November 4, 2018.
The illnesses are not spreading to other people, but health officials advise those with patients who may have the infection to stay home until their symptoms resolve.
The most common symptoms of the infection are: fever, cough, runny nose, throat soreness and body aches. People in high-risk groups such as children and infants should take common-sense measures to avoid infecting others. Children should not be allowed to play or visit homes where someone is being treated for a common cold and they should be watched closely for signs of illness. Officials also ask parents to supervise children if they have suffered fever for five consecutive days and have developed a cough or head cold symptoms.
Health officials suggest parents to wash their hands frequently, cover coughs and sneezes, and stay home when sick to avoid spreading the infection.
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