As you may be aware from news stories locally and nationally, there is a serious respiratory infection caused by Enterovirus. Kansas City and St. Louis are seeing high numbers of hospital admissions due to this virus, and there is reason to believe it may be, currently or in the near future, affecting children in the Ozarks.
The Fair Grove R-X School District wants to assure parents that steps are being taken to reduce the risk of children passing this virus among the student population. Teachers are encouraging frequent hand washing and discouraging shared drinks, etc. School nurses are monitoring health office visits for increased visits with symptoms of upper respiratory infection. Students who have an elevated temperature with signs of a possible respiratory infection (cough, runny nose, difficulty breathing, wheezing, increased/new asthma symptoms) may be sent home as a precautionary measure.
If your child develops any of the above symptoms of a respiratory illness, we encourage you to contact your pediatrician or family physician for guidance. Most children who have this virus need only supportive care (humidifiers, cough suppressants/expectorants, etc). If your child is ill, and you feel that they are having increased difficulty breathing, please contact your physician for guidance, and/or take them to Urgent Care or the Emergency Room for evaluation.
There is no specific treatment for this virus, and no vaccine to prevent infection.
To help reduce the risk of infection with EV-D68, healthcare professionals recommend the following:
- 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;
- Stay home when feeling sick, and obtain consultation from your health care provider.
If you have additional questions, please contact the Webster County Health Unit, or visit the CDC Website (www.cdc.gov) for additional information.
Alicia Ferguson RN MS/HS Nurse
Amanda Miller RN Elementary Nurse
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