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Health officials confirm 2 cases of Enterovirus in Upstate SC

Health officials have confirmed that two patients in South Carolina have been infected with a strain of enterovirus.

EV-D68, a strain of enterovirus, was found in two residents of the state's upstate region, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control reported.

The news comes just one day after six cases of the virus were confirmed in North Carolina.

"We requested lab support from the CDC shortly after this virus was on the rise in other parts of the country," said State Epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell. "We also asked hospitals who see a significant increase in cases of enterovirus respiratory infections or an increase in severe viral respiratory illness to notify us."

"This evening's lab confirmations serve as a reminder that there are steps you can take to protect yourself against this and other respiratory illnesses," she said.

Officials say you can practice the following to prevent viral respiratory infections:

  • Good hand hygiene - Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Good cough etiquette - Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
  • Stay home from work or school if you are ill and seek consultation from a health care provider.
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