MCPS and families prepare in case serious respiratory infection hits area
Respiratory Aliment Preparation 2014
A common respiratory virus has been affecting children in some states particularly hard. Enterovirus D-68 can cause severe breathing problems, especially in children with asthma or other pre-existing conditions.
The ailment has not yet been confirmed in Virginia, but Manassas City Public Schools is preparing for its possible arrival. With your help, and the use of standard precautions, we can minimize any possible impact from this ailment to keep our students and families healthy.
What to look out for:
•Watch for cold-like symptoms that seem worse than normal, or involve fever, rash, or difficulty breathing;
•Get children to a doctor quickly if they have pre-existing respiratory problems like asthma, or have increasing respiratory difficulty.
Good health practices are the best protection:
Enteroviruses are common and cannot be prevented or cured. Their spread can be controlled.
•Wash hands frequently with soap and water;
•Cover nose and mouth with a sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing;
•Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth to prevent the spread of germs;
•Watch carefully for cold-like symptoms – sick adults and children should be kept at home for at least 24 hours after fever is gone;
•If someone is sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to help prevent spreading illness;
•Avoid kissing, hugging, or sharing utensils with people who are sick;
•Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick;
•Take steps to ensure optimal control of asthma in children;
•We encourage you to get your annual influenza vaccine.
What MCPS is doing:
•School nurses will be carefully monitoring student health and all illnesses;
•Good health practices will be reinforced with students;
•Students showing symptoms of illness will be promptly sent home;
•Parents will be alerted to any unusual levels of illnesses
As with many ailments, good preparation and precautionary measures are truly the best medicine for Enterovirus D-68.