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    As you know, there has been increased media reports on the Enterovirus D68. Enteroviruses are common this time of year, along with colds and flu. The Minnesota Department of Health is monitoring for this virus as well as other respiratory viruses.

    In an effort to be proactive, we will utilize this section of our website to share information with our students, parents, and our staff relating to the Enterovirus 68. Please check back regularly or register for our website and subscribe to this page to receive an e-alert when content has been updated.
     
    District staff will also be promoting hand washing with soap and water, reminding children to cover their cough, and stepping up our efforts to ensure disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces.
     
    What are the symptoms of Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68)?
    Enteroviruses are very common viruses; there are more than 100 different types. Fall is a common time for enteroviruses to cause respiratory illness. The symptoms are also similar to a cold including a runny nose, sore throat, and cough. However, some children have developed more serious symptoms such as wheezing and difficulty breathing, especially in children with asthma.
     
    How is Enterovirus D68 spread?
    The virus can be found in respiratory secretions and likely spreads when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches contaminated surfaces.
     
    What is the treatment for Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68)?
    There are no vaccines for preventing EV-D68 infections. Take common sense steps to help protect yourself  by following these steps:
    • *Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially before eating and after using the restroom or changing diapers;
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;
    • If you sneeze or cough, do so into your elbow and turn away from those around you;
    • Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick;
    • Avoid shaking hands AND fist bumps; many children wipe their nose on the back of their hands;
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys, doorknobs, keyboards, and desk surfaces;
    • Stay at home when feeling sick
    • When in doubt, contact your health care provider.

    *Washing your hands with soap and water is more effective than hand sanitizers. Click here to see a graphic that shows these preventions steps.

    If your child is diagnosed with Enterovirus D68, please contact your school health paraprofessional or the district school nurse, Melissa Bright (320-762-2141 ext. 4135; mbright@alexandria.k12.mn.us), to let them know of the diagnosis.

    Resources:

    Health Advisory: Enterovirus D68 - Minnesota Department of Health, September 9, 2014
    The Facts about Enterovirus D68 - Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota Health Blog, September 9, 2014
    Enterovirus D68: Frequently Asked Questions for School Health Professionals - Minnesota Department of Health, September 14, 2014
     
    For more information, visit the MDH and CDC websites: