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Why are children more vulnerable to enterovirus D68 than adults?

Infants, children and teenagers are at higher risk than adults for getting infected and sick with enteroviruses like EV-D68 because they have not been exposed to these types of viruses before, and they do not yet have immunity (protection) built up to fight the disease. Adults can get infected with enteroviruses, 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 EV-D68 infection.

Infections with enteroviruses are usually common in the United States during summer and fall. CDC expects that, as with other enteroviruses, EV-D68 infections will likely begin to decline by late fall.

Children are more vulnerable to enterovirus D68 because their immunity is not as robust as adults. Watch as pediatric infectious disease specialist Gail Shust, MD, discusses the age range of the kids that have been most susceptible to the virus.

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