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Message from the Superintendent

September 19, 2014

Dear Roxbury School Community,

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday confirmed New Jersey’s first case of a cold virus called enterovirus D68 (EV-D68).  Some 10 to 15 million enterovirus cases occur in the US each year.  Until now, EV-D68 was thought to be relatively rare.  EV-D68 is more likely found in infants and children. 

Typically, EV-D68 causes upper respiratory symptoms such as cough, runny nose, sneezing, and body/muscle aches and possibly a low-grade fever.  Infected individuals generally recover on their own without incident.  However, some individuals, especially those with weakened immune system or underlying medical conditions, such as asthma, may experience severe respiratory complications and require hospitalization with supportive therapy.

Therefore, if you, or your child, experience cold like symptoms and have difficulty breathing, contact your health care provider right away.

Enteroviruses are transmitted through close contact with an infected person or by touching objects or surfaces that are contaminated with the virus and then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes.  Therefore, prevention focuses on frequent and proper hand washing.

As always, our school district is proactively engaged in ensuring a safe and sanitary environment where all students can learn. In addition, please be sure to keep your child home from school if they are sick (see exclusion criteria for your child’s school) and remind your children how important it is to be vigilant with hand washing.

Attached you will find a fact sheet for Enterovirus D68.  This information is provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

If you have any questions with regard to this information, I encourage you to contact your family physician or your child’s pediatrician.

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