Enterovirus – September 26, 2014
DSHS has confirmed nine Texas cases of enterovirus D68, a virus that has been responsible for some cases of severe respiratory illness in other states. The nine cases identified were among 34 specimens submitted from children treated at Dallas hospitals. Seven cases were residents of Dallas County, one was from Denton County and one was from Anderson County. One additional confirmed case was in a resident of another state. Enterovirus D68 is one of more than 100 enteroviruses that cause mild to severe respiratory illness and usually peak in the summer and fall. EV-D68 prompted concern this summer when health officials in Chicago and Kansas City identified unusual clusters of severe respiratory illness in children. More than half of the children involved had a history of asthma or wheezing, so parents and caregivers of children with asthma should be on guard for unusual symptoms. Similar clusters have not been reported in Texas. The cases confirmed so far had onsets ranging from late July to early September. People should protect themselves from respiratory illnesses by:
- Covering all coughs and sneezes.
- Washing hands frequently with soap and water.
- Avoiding touching eyes and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.
- Staying home if sick.
If a child is having difficulty breathing, parents or other caregivers should seek medical treatment immediately.
Guidelines for Keeping Our Students Healthy
Illnesses like the flu (influenza) and colds are caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. The flu and colds usually spread from person to person when an infected person coughs or sneezes. To stop the spread of germs, you must cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, wash hands with soap and water often, avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, and stay home when you are sick. See a doctor when needed. Students with Temperature of 100° or above must stay home until they are fever free without medication (Tylenol or Ibuprofen) for 24 hours.
EXCLUSION GUIDELINES RETURN GUIDELINES
Oral temperature of 100° or above Fever free for 24 hours
Vomiting, nausea or severe abdominal pain Symptom free
Marked drowsiness or lethargy Symptom free
Sore throat, acute cold or persistent cough Symptom free
Red, inflamed or discharging eyes Written doctor release
Skin rashes or eruptions Written doctor release
Swollen glands around jaws, ears or neck Written doctor release
Suspected scabies or impetigo Written doctor release
ANY skin lesion in the weeping stage Covered & diagnosed as non-contagious
Earache Symptom free
Head lice Lice and nit (egg) free
Is it a Cold or the FLU?
If you have any questions, please contact:
Nancy Donald BSN, RN