Avoca School District 37 is taking steps to prevent the spread of EV-D68 infections.
Health officials are warning doctors and parents to be on the alert for the rarely seen EV-D68 virus, which is sending children to the hospital with severe respiratory infections.
Avoca School District 37 is monitoring this public health concern as it develops. School nurses have been provided with information on the EV-D68 virus, and they, in turn, are sharing it with their school communities. The information they are sharing is from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) and the Cook County and Illinois Departments of Public Health. Their recommendations and other information on EV-D68 virus can be found at the following websites:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Illinois Department of Public Health
EV-D68 infections cause mild to severe respiratory illness, especially in young children. Symptoms of this illness can include fever, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, and body aches.
The EV-D68 virus is transmitted through close contact with an infected person, or by touching objects or surfaces that are contaminated with the virus and then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes.
There is no specific treatment for EV-D68 infections, and no specific antiviral medications are currently available for this purpose.
As with all communicable diseases, it is important to prevent transmission of the EV-D68 virus. The District will be encouraging students to take the following steps to protect themselves from illness, and it encourages families to take these preventive measures at home, as well:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water
- Avoid close contact (touching and shaking hands) with people who are sick
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
- Do not share utensils
- Stay home when sick
Parents/guardians are required to call school to report their child’s absence. To help control the spread of illness within the classroom, parents/guardians are urged to report any communicable disease diagnosis to the school.
Health Services Department
Anne Welter R.N.