What you should know about enteroviruses and babies

Deb Balzer | (TNS) Mayo Clinic News Network

Enteroviruses are a group of viruses that commonly circulate during summer and fall.

These viruses primarily affect young children, who are more susceptible to complications due to their undeveloped immune systems. Many adults have some immunity from previous exposure.

Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a pediatric infectious diseases physician with the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center, says there is concern with newborns when it comes to enteroviruses.

“Enteroviruses are spread through respiratory droplets; they can also be spread by something called the fecal-oral route so through stool or feces,” says Dr. Rajapakse.

Most adults and older children may have mild symptoms, if any.

Dr. Rajapakse’s concern regarding enteroviruses lies primarily with newborns, especially if the mother is infected around the time of birth.

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