Keep Your Child from Getting and Spreading Enterovirus D68

Keep Your Child from Getting and Spreading Enterovirus D68

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 Keep Your Child from Getting and Spreading Enterovirus D68

As you are likely aware, the United States has been experiencing a nationwide outbreak of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) associated with severe respiratory illness that has been especially harmful to children. At the same time, you and your communities may also have questions about the Ebola virus. To address both public health concerns, the U.S. Department of Education and our federal health partners have a number of informational resources to share with you.

Almost all of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-confirmed cases this year of EV-D68 infection have been among children.  Many of the children had asthma or a history of wheezing. Many parents continue to be worried about the outbreak and want information about what they can do to prevent illness and protect themselves and their families. The CDC has developed information and resources for parents about EV-D68. Please help us to address parents’ questions and concerns and make them aware that these resources are available.

Know the signs of symptoms of EV-D68:

EV-D68 can cause mild to severe respiratory illness.
• Mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches.

• Severe symptoms may include wheezing and difficulty breathing. Call your child’s doctor if he or she is having difficulty breathing, if you feel you are unable to control their symptoms, or if symptoms
are getting worse. If your child develops severe illness, he or she may need to be hospitalized.

Help protect your family from EV-D68
To help avoid getting and spreading EV-D68, parents and children should always follow basic steps to stay healthy.

• Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. Washing hands correctly is the most important
thing you can do to stay healthy.
• Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact, such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils, with people who are sick.
• Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not your hands.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
• Stay home when you are sick and keep sick children out of school.

Below are CDC resources about EV-D68 developed for parents:

 · Web Feature, “What Parents Need to Know About Enterovirus D68”

· Drop-in newsletter article (matte article), “Parents: Learn the Facts about Enterovirus D68”

· Fact sheet for parents, “What Parents Need to Know about Enterovirus D68”

· General questions and answers for the public

· Infographic: Keep Your Child from Getting and Spreading Enterovirus D68