Enteroviruses are very common viruses, and fall is a common time for enterovirus to cause respiratory illness. While enterovirus D68 infections are less common than other viral infections, cases of enterovirus D68 have been identified in Minnesota.
Infants, children, and teenagers are more likely than adults to get infected and become sick. Symptoms can include a runny nose, sore throat, cough, wheezing, rash and fever. There are no vaccines for preventing enterovirus D68 infections.
The enterovirus D68 does not live long outside the body. Once a surface is dry, it likely does not contain live virus.
Preventing the spread of enterovirus and other viruses in schools
If your child is showing symptoms of any illness, please keep your student home.
Use good hygiene:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
- Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
- Use standard disinfection procedures for surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs.
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are not effective against enteroviruses, which is why hand washing is so important.
Osseo Area Schools strives to promote a healthy school environment. School staff actively takes preventative measures to stop the spread of germs and viruses. Our district nurse is in touch with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for all outbreaks of communicable diseases and follows MDH guidance.
More information about enterovirus
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Minnesota Department of Health
-Published Sept. 29, 2014