To watch the full interview with Dr. Fenton, click here.
Enterovirus D68 is affecting large portions of the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it is likely that the present cases may only represent the tip of the iceberg.
On Sept. 10, Dr. Fenton, the Medical Director at the Chesterfield Total Access Urgent Care, appeared on Fox 2 News discussing the Enterovirus -- a mild to severe respiratory virus that is characterized by a very rapid onset which differentiates it from other infections.
Dr. Fenton explained that the Enterovirus has been around for a long time but viruses change and mutate over time. This D68 strain has recently emerged and the infections it causes are characterized by symptoms similar to the common cold such as a cough, runny nose, and fever. However, in some cases, it also develops into more extensive respiratory issues such as wheezing, bronchial infections, and pneumonia. Coughing and sneezing will transmit the Enterovirus as well as touching contaminated surfaces.
Children are more likely than adults to become ill with the virus because of their underdeveloped immune systems, and children with asthma are at greater risk of suffering complications. If you are worried that you or your child may have the Enterovirus, call Total Access Urgent Care right away for medical help at 314-961-2255 or visit www.TAUC.com. Walk in any time between 6am and 10pm at our Webster Groves/Rock Hill location and 8am to 8pm at the Chesterfield, Town and Country, South County, St. Louis Hills, and St. Charles locations.