The Enterovirus  What Parents Need to Know


Cases of the enterovirus EV-D68 have recently been confirmed in New York State. This virus can cause severe respiratory illness in children, especially those with asthma and other chronic respiratory conditions, sometimes resulting in hospitalization.
 
According to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), the virus is spread through close contact with a person who is already infected, and/or by touching objects or surfaces contaminated with the virus and then touching one’s mouth, nose, or eyes.
 
The health and well-being of Baldwinsville’s students is the district’s top priority. The district’s nurse practitioner, Julie Carpenter, DNP, FNP, in consultation with the district’s doctor, Michael Shaw, M.D., has shared with the district’s health staff the NYSDOH directives for preventing the spread of the virus. The district’s health staff is monitoring the schools for potential cases. 
 
Students and staff are being encouraged to cover their coughs and sneezes with a tissue, wash hands often, and avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
 
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. A sick child should remain home until free of symptoms for 24 hours to prevent spreading the virus to others.
 
The Onondaga County Health Department has developed a fact sheet for parents and caregivers with information on symptoms of the virus and measures to take to reduce the risk of getting infected.  Click HERE to read the fact sheet.
 
You can also find more information at:

The NYSDOH: 
http://www.health.ny.gov/press/releases/2014/2014-09-12_ev-d68_confirmed.htm

The Onondaga County Health Department
http://www.ongov.net/health/enterovirus.html
 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/EV-D68.html?s_cid=cdc_homepage_whatsnew_001
 
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