Thornton Junior High School

Enterovirus-D68

HEALTH SERVICES CORNER—Information on general topics to help keep our students and community healthy.

What is Ebola? A severe, often fatal disease found in humans and nonhuman primates (such as monkeys, gorillas and chimpanzees).  It is caused by one of five species of Ebola virus that are found in several African countries. Experts believe that bats are the most likely natural host for the virus and may spread it to other animals, which in turn can spread it to humans.

In the United States, the risk of exposure to Ebola is considered to be very low. Casual travelers to Africa are not at risk for Ebola virus disease just from traveling in affected areas.

Symptoms of Ebola usually start 8 to 10 days after exposure to an Ebola patient’s body fluids. However, symptoms can begin anytime from 2 to 21 days after exposure.

Symptoms include:

  • fever (higher that 101.5 F)
  • severe headache
  • muscle pain
  • weakness
  • diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • abdominal (stomach) pain
  • lack of appetite
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • unexplained bleeding inside or outside the body

There is no vaccine to protect against Ebola.

An infected person can spread the disease through:

  • Direct contact with the blood or body fluids (saliva, stool, vomit, urine) by an infected person
  • Contaminated objects with infected body fluids

Ebola is not a respiratory disease, so it is not spread through the air. People with Ebola virus infection cannot spread the infection until they begin to get sick with the symptoms.

You can help protect yourself by washing your hands often with soap and water especially after using the restroom.

Treatment for Ebola includes intravenous fluids, oxygen and medications to maintain blood pressure.

Persons who are concerned about their symptoms should contact their health care provider.

http://www.acphd.org/ebola

If you have any questions please contact your school nurse.

Cheryl Knight RN, PNP—Health Services Coordinator, Student Support Services

 

Health Services Corner

HEALTH SERVICES CORNER—Information on general topics to help keep our students and community healthy.
What is Enterovirus-D68?
Enterovirus-D68 is a virus that causes a respiratory illness and is circulating in Northern California. The Public Health Department is working with local hospitals to identify and conduct testing on children hospitalized with serious respiratory infections. However it can occur at any age.
Symptoms are similar to the symptoms of a cold or flu which include:
•    Coughing
•    Sneezing
•    Runny nose
•    Body aches
•    Or fever—In this out break many children do not have a fever.
There is no vaccine to protect against Enterovirus-D68
An infected person can spread the virus through:
•    Coughing or sneezing by an infected person
•    Contaminated objects and surfaces with respiratory secretions
•    Enteroviruses in general can also be spread in the stool
You can help protect yourself by washing your hands often with soap and water especially after using the restroom. Hand hygiene with soap and water is preferred as alcohol based hand sanitizers have limited effectiveness against enteroviruses.
There is no specific treatment for Enterovirus-D68. However some things can be done to relieve symptoms:
•    Taking over the counter medications to relieve fever (Caution: Aspirin should not be given to children.)
•    Drinking liquids to stay hydrated.
Persons who are concerned about their symptoms should contact their health care provider.
Students need to remain home when until they are without a fever for more than 24 hours
http://www.acphd.org/enterovirus
If you have any questions please contact your school nurse.
Cheryl Knight RN, PNP—Health Services Coordinator, Student Support Services