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Given the continued concern regarding Enterovirus, we wanted to share this additional information with you.  Click here for the CDC website where all resources can be located.

EnterovirusD68 information

The Centers forDisease Control & Prevention (CDC) has reported two clusters of severerespiratory illness in children caused by enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), an uncommon infection first seen inCalifornia in 1962. About 100 types of enteroviruses are known and an estimated10-15 million infections occur annually in the United States.

Almost all of theCDC-confirmed cases this year of EV-D68 infection have been among children.Many of the children had asthma or a history of wheezing. Many parents continueto be worried about the outbreak and want information about what they can do toprevent illness and protect themselves and their families. The CDC hasdeveloped information and resources for parents about EV-D68. Please help us toaddress parents’ questions and concerns and make them aware that theseresources are available. Below are CDC resources about EV-D68 developed forparents, which can be found by clicking the CDC website link above:

 

Enterovirusinfections are more likely to occur in the fall. Children and teens are mostlikely to be infected. Although how these infections present can vary widely,EV-D68 infection has been associated almost exclusively with respiratoryillness ranging from relatively mild illness not requiring hospitalization tosevere illness requiring intensive care. The virus likely spreads person toperson when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches surfaces. There isno vaccine.

Given that children and teens are at greatest risk, we would like to remind students andparents that the best protection against enterovirus, influenza and otherinfections is:

Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers. Avoid touching 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.
  • Cover coughs or sneezes.
  • Stay home when ill.
  • Get vaccinated when vaccine is available.

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