days there have been several news stories about enterovirus outbreaks in the
Midwest, particularly EV-D68.
are very common viruses. There are more than 100 types of enteroviruses. It is
estimated that 10 to 15 million enterovirus infections occur in the United
States each year. Most people infected with enteroviruses have no symptoms or
only mild symptoms, but some infections can be serious. Most enterovirus
infections in the U.S. occur seasonally during the summer and fall, and
outbreaks of tend to occur in several-year cycles.
strain of the virus being seen now, occurs less commonly than other
enteroviruses. EV-D68, like other enteroviruses, appears to spread through
close contact with infected people. Unlike the majority of enteroviruses that
cause mild upper respiratory illness, febrile rash illness, or neurologic
illness (such as aseptic meningitis and encephalitis), EV-D68 has been
associated almost exclusively with respiratory disease. EV-D68 usually causes
mild to severe respiratory illness; however, the full spectrum of EV-D68
illness is not well-defined.
usually starts like the common cold. Symptoms include sneezing, a runny nose
and a cough. This is all that happens for most people who catch an enterovirus.
But some patients—particularly those with a pre-existing respiratory condition
like asthma—will get a severe cough, have difficulty breathing and/or develop a
rash. EV-D68 is sometimes also accompanied by a fever or wheezing.
There is no
specific treatment for EV-D68 infections. Many infections will be mild and
self-limited, requiring only symptomatic treatment. Some people with severe
respiratory illness caused by EV-D68 may need to be hospitalized and receive
intensive supportive therapy.
cases of enteroviruses are not required to be reported to the health
department, as it is not a reportable disease; however, the health department
should be notified any time your school’s students/staff experience
considerably higher than usual absentee rates due to communicable disease.
To help reduce the risk of infection
with EV-D68, students and staff should:
Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds,
especially after changing diapers if soap and water are not available use
an alcohol based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and put
your used tissue in the waste basket. If you don't have a tissue, cough or
sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating
utensils with people who are sick.
Stay home when feeling sick, and consult their
health care provider as needed. Children with cold like symptoms that
experience difficulty breathing should consult their health care provider
for further evaluation.
We are also asking schools to disinfect frequently
touched surfaces, such as handrails and doorknobs, especially if someone
In addition, we encourage staff and students, especially those with
chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma, to be vaccinated against
influenza as soon as the vaccine becomes available. Getting the flu along
with an upper respiratory virus such as EV-D68 could be very serious for
someone with chronic respiratory diseases.
your help as we work to prevent the spread of EV-D68 and other communicable
diseases throughout our communities.
Good afternoon this is a message from Mr. Goodenough at Dorothy Howell. We have a lot of things going on this week.
This Friday is Picture Day at Howell.
Envelopes were sent home today!
All Pro Dads breakfast is also this Friday starting at 7:00 before the start of the regular school hours. We invite all of our male parents and guardians to join us on Friday morning. Don't worry moms, your breakfast is coming next month.
Adopt a Block season begins this Saturday in the Howell gymnasium. All Elsmere residents are welcome to attend for games, lunch, prizes, face painting and a bounce house. The event runs from 12 until 1.
Lloyd's football team would like to welcome all elementary students to the football game this Friday for free. An adult must be present in order to allow students free admission. Adult tickets are six dollars.
Finally I would like to thank all of our grandparents that joined us last week for lunch. We had a huge tuen out and appreciate all of the support.