Shenendehowa School District Confirms Enterovirus EV-D68 Case In Elementary School
The virus Enterovirus EV-D68 has been confirmed at Tesago Elementary School in the Shenendehowa School District. This is from the Shenendehowa School Districts website today:
We have been informed that there is a confirmed case of Enterovirus EV-D68 within the district. Although the confirmed case is in Tesago, the district is taking extra-precautions by providing this notification to knowing that students and staff interact with other students throughout the district.
This virus may cause severe respiratory (breathing) illness among children and other individuals, especially among children with asthma. Symptoms of the virus include: fever, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, and body aches.
Viruses are transmitted through close contact with a person who has the virus, or by touching objects or surfaces that have the virus on them and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. There is no medicine to treat for EV-D68 infections other than management of symptoms, which is why it is important to o protect yourself and others reminding your children to:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
• 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.
• Use the same precautions you would use to prevent the spread of influenza.
These prevention steps are especially important for individuals or persons with family members who are infants, or who have chronic health conditions or compromised immune systems.
If your child is sick with a runny nose, cough, fever, or aches which are signs of an upper respiratory infection, do not send your child to school. Allow them to rest and recover at home. Contact your medical provider immediately if your child becomes seriously ill.
Thoughts and prayers go out for a speedy recovery!
More information about enterovirus EV-D68 can be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/EV-D68.html