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Nurse Jackie Nichols
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We are updating student records, so please provide immunization records to the school as soon as possible!

 

Dealing with EV-D68 Virus, as we approach the Influenza Season!

As most of you have heard in the media, the respiratory illness EV-D68 Is on the rise all of over the state of Missouri! There is no treatment and it has hospitalized hundreds of children and adolescents. So with no treatment our best defense against this virus is to WASH OUR HANDS! COVER OUR COUGH! STAY HOME IF YOU’RE SICK! 

The same precautions will be promoted for Influenza season with TWO big differences; there is a vaccine to help prevent the flu and treatment available for Influenza.

The school is taking precautions by disinfecting door handles and surfaces but it falls to us, to protect ourselves from this virus. Below is some information about this virus and its history, symptoms and precautions to take.

Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of many non-polio enteroviruses. Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) infections are thought to occur less commonly than infections with other enteroviruses. EV-D68 was first identified in California in 1962. Compared with other enteroviruses, EV-D68 has been rarely reported in the United States for the last 40 years.

Symptoms-Most people who are infected with non-polio enteroviruses do not get sick, or they only have mild illness. Symptoms of mild illness may include:

    • fever
    • runny nose, sneezing, cough
    • skin rash
    • mouth blisters
    • body and muscle aches

Transmission

    • EV-D68 is not frequently identified, so it is less studied and the ways it spreads are not as well-understood as other enteroviruses. EV-D68 causes respiratory illness, and the virus can be found in respiratory secretions such as saliva, nasal mucus, or sputum. The virus likely spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches contaminated surfaces.

Treatment

    • There is no specific treatment for EV-D68 infections.
      • Many infections will be mild and self-limited, requiring only treatment of the symptoms.
    • Many infections will be mild and self-limited, requiring only treatment of the symptoms
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      • Some people with severe respiratory illness caused by EV-D68 may need to be hospitalized and receive intensive supportive therapy.
    • No antiviral medications are currently available for treating of EV-D68 infections.

Prevention

    • There are no vaccines for preventing EV-D68 infections.
    • You can help protect yourself from respiratory illnesses by following these steps:
      • 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