As you know there has been lots of flu, strep and now entervirus. The following is excerpted from the Contra Costa Health Services.
Enteroviruses are a very common kind of virus, with more than 100 different species identified. This enterovirus, EV-D68, has been reported across the United States in 2014, including several Bay Area counties.
“This virus is circulating, and it is important for people to take some simple precautions to keep themselves healthy, said Erika Jenssen, Communicable Disease Programs Chief for CCHS’s Public Health Division. “Washing hands with soap and water, making sure children stay home from school if they are sick, and avoiding close contact with sick people are all ways we can reduce our chances of spreading EV-D68.”
For most people, the symptoms are mild and may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough and body aches. Severe symptoms include wheezing and difficulty breathing.
Children and teenagers are most likely to become ill from EV-D68, and children with asthma may have more serious disease. Adults can also become infected, but are more likely to have no symptoms or mild symptoms.
There is no vaccine for EV-D68 or specific treatment, other than management of symptoms. It is important to take precautions to avoid infection. Again, please remember that washing with soap and water is very important. If students are sick or showing symptoms please keep them home.
During conference week teachers shared about Common Core standards and what it looks like in the classroom. If you have more questions or want to hear more about Common Core please attend one of the parent workshops on Monday (tonight) 10/2014 or Thursday 10/23. Information is available on Peachjar, and in this newsletter.
Next Sunday is our annual Harvest Festival and I look forward to seeing our families at this event. Thank you to our families for supporting the Book Fair. By last Friday, most of our supply of books had been purchased and students were happy with their purchases.
Have a good week!