September 19, 2014:
It has come to our attention that a student of Saint Mary’s School has had a confirmed case of the enterovirus –D68 (EV-D68).
EV-D68 infection looks very similar to the common cold with most persons showing symptoms of cough, runny nose, body aches, and possibly a fever. However, in some children the illness can rapidly progress to something more serious where the child has wheezing, difficulty breathing, and difficulty getting enough oxygen into their lungs.
If a child develops a cold or a cough, parents and caregivers should just watch the child a little more closely to ensure the respiratory infection is running a normal course. If wheezing or asthma-like symptoms develop, medical care should be immediately sought.
People can protect themselves from respiratory illnesses by:
- *Washing hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- *Avoiding touching the eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- *Avoiding close contact and sharing cups and eating utensils with people who are sick.
- *Disinfecting frequently touched surfaces such as toys, doorknobs and light switches, especially if someone is sick.
- *Staying home when sick.
We want you to know that we are taking extra steps to identify and contact parents/caregivers whose children exhibit any symptoms that require further evaluation. These symptoms include but are not limited to: fever, wheezing, chest tightness or any unexplained shortness of breath. We remain in contact with the teachers, reinforcing the importance of their regular cleaning of desks, doorknobs and light switches.
If you have any questions please email us at or call the school clinic.
We will provide updated communications as the situation warrants.
Dawn Farrey and Lisa Thesier