Who is at risk for enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) infection?

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The biggest risk population for enterovirus D68 is children and teens. Those people who have previous lung problems are likely to be the sickest, such as those with asthma or other lung disease.
In general, infants, children and teenagers are most likely to get infected with enteroviruses and become ill. Enterovirus D68 is just one of about 100 enteroviruses (non-polio), and a mix of them circulate at any one time. Children are more susceptible to them because they don't yet have immunity (protection) from previous exposures to these viruses. Adults can get infected with enteroviruses, including enterovirus D68, but they are more likely to have no symptoms or mild symptoms.

Children with asthma may have a higher risk for severe respiratory illness caused by enterovirus D68 infection.

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