What is the most common clinical presentation of enterovirus infection?

Updated: Mar 01, 2018
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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This is the most common presentation of enterovirus infection.

More than 90% present with a nonspecific febrile illness that manifests as sudden fever (temperature, 101-104°F). The fever may last for as long as a week and may show a biphasic pattern. [1]

Patients may also report myalgia, headache, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, mild abdominal discomfort, and diarrhea.

Human enterovirus 68 infection in children may produce a respiratory outbreak characterized by pneumonia and wheezing. [42]


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