Facts and Information About Enterovirus for Parents and Families

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Dear SCSD Families,
 
I am writing to inform you that we have had an elementary school student who has been diagnosed with the Enterovirus D68 based on their symptoms. This diagnosis was based on the symptoms the patient exhibited and not actual testing which is common now that there have been several patients in Central New York who have already tested positive.
 
Enterovirus D68 is spread much like the common cold is and can produce similar symptoms including a fever, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, and body and muscle aches.  Those at risk include infants, children and teens and those who already suffer from asthma or related respiratory illness. 
 
Should you have any questions or concerns about your own child please contact your child’s physician immediately.  The best way to reduce the risk of potentially contracting the virus is to wash your hands with soap and water, cover sneezes and coughs with a tissue, avoid sharing drinking cups or food utensils and to disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
 
The Onondaga County Health Department has provided a one page fact sheet for your information.  If you have further questions you can contact our office of Health Services at 435-4145.
 
In the Interest of All Children,

Sharon L. Contreras
Superintendent