Non-polio enteroviruses are a group of viruses that cause infections throughout the body.
In most cases, enteroviruses do not lead to an illness or only cause a mild infection. Rarely, some of the viruses can travel to certain areas of the body and develop into severe, life-threatening infections.
The type of illness that occurs will depend on the location of the infection. For example:
Rhinoviruses in the airways—most common cause of a cold
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Enteroviral meningitis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T115792/Enteroviral-meningitis. Accessed January 28, 2021.
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