Avoiding the Enterovirus D68 (or EV-D68)
by Kirsten Falcone, RN
It’s certain by now you have all heard about Enterovirus D68 that so far has affected primarily infants, children and teenagers in several states across the country. Recently it came to New York State, making it a priority of the Hilbert Wellness Center and the Hilbert Community to make certain that younger students know how to avoid transmission of this or any virus with which they may come in contact.
EV-D68 is a respiratory virus that causes symptoms such as fever, runny nose, cough, sneezing, and muscle aches. If you have just one or two of these symptoms, it most likely is not the virus in question. In severe cases it can cause difficulty breathing. Therefore, any child or teenager who has a history of respiratory difficulties, such as asthma, needs to be more vigilant in avoiding this virus. Since this is a virus, and not caused by bacteria, antibiotics will not kill it. The only way to manage it is by treating the symptoms.
It should also be stated that asymptomatic people can also be carriers of the virus. Therefore, everyone should take precautions to avoid its transmission. Here is what you need to do to reduce the spread of any virus or the flu:
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water (see last year’s post on proper hand washing).
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Always wash your hands when returning to your home/dorm room.
- Disinfect all surfaces that are frequently touched, such as doorknobs, desks and water faucet handles.
- Avoid close contact with sick people, and don’t share their eating utensils or cups.
- Take good care of yourself by getting enough sleep, eating properly, and exercising.
If you develop signs of a respiratory infection, you can come to the Wellness Center to arrange a doctor’s appointment, or go directly to one of the immediate care facilities in the area. There is a list of immediate care facilities at the Wellness Center at 123 St. Joseph Hall.
For more information on EV-D68, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Website at http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/EV-D68.html?s_cid=cdc_homepage_whatsnew_001.
If you can’t make it to campus during the week, stop by on Saturday, September 20. The Saturday Morning Information Session will begin at 9:30am with a short presentation followed by a campus tour. Tours of campus will be given by one of our Student Ambassadors. The Hilbert College Admissions Office will also remain open after the campus tour for anyone that has individual questions. Coffee and breakfast snacks will be served. All interested parties should RSVP with the Admissions Office.
The Hilbert College men’s basketball team is searching for a highly motivated student to serve as a volunteer student-manager with the program for the 2014-15 season. The selected individual must possess strong organizational skills, be of good moral character, and have a somewhat flexible schedule in the late afternoon and evening. Practice gets under way in late-September and the season runs through the end of February or beginning of March. Duties include preparing the gym for practice, assisting with all equipment needs, operating the game clock in practice, helping with game-day preparations at home and on the road, and other assignments as delegated by the men’s basketball coaching staff.
Anyone interested is encouraged to stop by the men’s basketball office in room 116 of the Hafner Recreation Center, or contact head coach Rob deGrandpre at (716) 926-8803 or email@example.com.