How Enterovirus D68 Spreads

How is enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) infection spread?
EV-D68 is spread through close contact with infected people. Enteroviruses can be found in respiratory secretions, such as saliva (spit), nasal mucus (snot) and sputum (thick mucus in the lungs) and stool (poop). The virus likely spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs or sneezes and you can also become infected by touching objects or surfaces that have the virus on them and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes and when a person touches poop and does not wash their hands.

Hand sanitizer is not effective in killing enteroviruses.

While the information included in this document is meant for the general public, health professionals working in healthcare settings, may refer to the New Jersey Department of Health enterovirus website regarding infection control precautions or at the Centers for Disease Control website.