IMPORTANT INFORMATION CONCERNING ENTEROVIRUS (EV-D68)

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed New Jersey's first case of enterovirus (EV-D68), a serious respiratory illness more likely found in infants and children, sometimes resulting in hospitalization. The confirmed case was identified from a specimen sent to the CDC from a Philadelphia hospital. The child has since been discharged. 

Enteroviruses (EV) are common viruses with more than 100 different types. EVs can cause respiratory, rash and neurologic illnesses with infants, children and teenagers more likely becoming infected. The majority of cases in the United States occur in the summer and fall.

NJDOH has created a frequently asked questions document which can be viewed at: http://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/faq/ev_faq.pdf  

Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is also maintaining a website with the most up-to-date information: 

            Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding Enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68) from the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH).  These FAQs have since been updated and the most recent FAQ is now available at http://nj.gov/health/cd/documents/faq/ev_faq.pdf.  As new information becomes available, the FAQ will be continuously updated. 

The following is a link to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) flier, entitled “Cover your Cough.”

 

            For more information, please go to the NJDOH Communicable Disease Service webpage at http://www.nj.gov/health/cd/ev-d60/index.shtml, the CDC’s website at http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/outbreaks/EV-D68-outbreaks.html or the New Jersey Department of Education at schoolhealthservices@doe.state.nj.us or Christene DeWitt-Parker at 609-777-4809.

The Kearny School District will continue to monitor the situation carefully, and we will inform you on our website as new information is made available.  We will also continue to take the necessary precautions in an effort to minimize exposure to the virus.



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