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Posted September 16, 2014

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Visit CDC Online for Information on Respiratory Illness

See your child’s school nurse if you have questions or concerns

You may have heard of the respiratory illness that’s sickening children in some parts of the nation. While there are no confirmed cases of the infection called Enterovirus D68 in Albuquerque Public Schools, we feel it is important to share information provided by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

Should there be a confirmed case in an APS school, we will follow the recommendations of the New Mexico Department of Health. In the meantime, here are some preventatives steps to take:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers.
  • 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, especially if someone is sick.

Mild symptoms of the virus include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough and body and muscle aches. Children most at risk are those with asthma or a history of wheezing.

 

 

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