Dear Runkle School Community,
As I’m sure may of you have heard, last month enterovirus D68 (EV-68) was identified in children
with severe respiratory illness in Missouri and Illinois.  Presently, as of 9/24/14, one case of
EV-68 has been confirmed in Boston and there are several other potential cases at
Children’s Hospital Boston.
As there are no antiviral medications or licensed vaccines available for treating or protecting
against enterovirus infection, infection control is extremely important.  Soap and water is the
most effective method for hand hygiene, as hand sanitizers are less effective against enteroviruses.
The best advice for families:
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for (20) seconds; the amount of time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” three times.
  • If there are infants in the home, wash hands after each diaper change.
  • Avoid kissing, hugging and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Disinfect touched surfaces frequently, such as toys, desktops, doorknobs, cell phones, computer keyboards and remote controls.
  • Parents please stay home if you are sick and please do not send your child to school, if they are sick.
“Healthy families are the greatest asset any school can have.”
Please contact me with any questions or concerns.
Janet Campbell, MSN, RN, NCSN, CEN, CS, PNP-BC
617-879-4682
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