NEOSHO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

320 E. MAIN STREET   CHANUTE, KS 66720 

  100 S. MAIN   ERIE, KS 66733

620-431-5770

 

 

 

To Neosho County preschools, daycares, schools, long term health care facilities:

 

            Neosho County Health Department would like to begin a Health Alert email service to the above local groups.  Our intention is to share public health information that is pertinent to our area that may affect our families.  We will do our best to provide you with information to help prevent spread of illness in group settings.

 

Recently in the news you may have heard about the Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68).

Neosho County has not seen this in our county yet—and we hope that we don’t but I wanted to give out some information that could help in case it does come to our area. 

 EV-D68 can cause mild to severe respiratory illness.

  • Mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches.
  • Most of the children who got very ill with EV-D68 infection had difficulty breathing, and some had wheezing. Many of these children had asthma or a history of wheezing. 

 

What time of the year are people most likely to get infected?

 In general, the spread of enteroviruses is often quite unpredictable, and different types of enteroviruses can be common in different years with no particular pattern. In the United States, people are more likely to get infected with enteroviruses in the summer and fall.

We’re currently in middle of the enterovirus season, and EV-D68 infections are likely to decline later in the fall.

 

 

Who is at risk?

 In general, infants, children, and teenagers are most likely to get infected with enteroviruses and become ill. That's because they do not yet have immunity (protection) from previous exposures to these viruses. We believe this is also true for EV-D68.

Among the EV-D68 cases in Missouri and Illinois, children with asthma seemed to have a higher risk for severe respiratory illness.

 

 

How can I protect myself?

 You can help protect yourself from respiratory illnesses by following these steps:

  • To prevent EV-D68 and other respiratory illnesses in community settings (e.g., child care, schools, households) individuals should: • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds
  • Please note the efficacy of alcohol based hand sanitizers varies and is based upon alcohol concentration, the amount of time that hands are exposed to the product, and type of virusEnteroviruses are nonenveloped and are therefore less susceptible to inactivation by alcohol based hand sanitizers and hand washing with soap and water is still recommended, if feasible.
  • • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • • Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick
  •  Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, with a bleach solution or an EPA registered disinfectant especially if someone is sick

 

We hope this is information is useful to you and your facility.  If you have any questions please call the Health Department at 620-431-5770