Enteroviruses, such as Coxsackie viruses and echoviruses, live in the intestines of humans and other animals. While enteroviruses usually do not cause illness, they may under certain circumstances.

Infected people pass the viruses to each other through contaminated food, water, or objects.

Current as of: May 22, 2015

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & W. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease