ENTEROVIRUS D68 FACT SHEET
CDC Confirms First Case of EV-D68 in New Jersey Child
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today confirmed New Jersey's first case of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), a potentially serious respiratory illness more likely found in infants and children, sometimes resulting in hospitalization. The confirmed case was identified from a specimen sent to the CDC from a Philadelphia hospital. The child has since improved and been discharged.
Health Commissioner Mary E. O'Dowd is advising parents and health care providers to be aware of the signs and symptoms of this respiratory illness with symptoms that range from mild to severe. Although enteroviruses are very common-especially in the late summer and fall-EV-D68 occurs less commonly than other enterovirus infections. Some 10 to 15 million enterovirus cases occur in the U.S. each year. In addition to New Jersey, 12 states reported cases as of yesterday.
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. Answers to frequently asked questions about enteroviruses and EV-D68 can be found at: http://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/faq/ev_faq.pdf
"The New Jersey Department of Health is closely monitoring for increases in respiratory illness in hospitals around the state," Commissioner O'Dowd said.
Typically, EV-D68 causes upper respiratory symptoms such as cough, runny nose, sneezing and body/muscle aches and possibly low-grade fever. Infected individuals generally recover on their own without incident. However, some individuals, especially those with weakened immune systems or underlying medical conditions, such as asthma, may experience severe complications and require hospitalization with supportive therapy.
"If you, or your child, are experiencing cold like symptoms and are having difficulty breathing, contact your health care provider right away," said Commissioner O'Dowd.
The Department has been in communication with hospitals, local health departments, healthcare providers, child care centers and schools over the last week to monitor the situation and provide testing guidance. About a dozen specimens are being sent to the CDC for testing to determine if the EV-D68 type is present.
The preventive steps people can take to avoid becoming ill and the treatment are similar to those of most illnesses like the flu. Good hand hygiene is your best defense against getting infected with enterovirus.
To help protect yourself and others from enterovirus infections:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact (kissing, touching, sharing eating utensils and shaking hands) with people who are sick
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as door knobs and toys
- Stay home when sick and call your healthcare provider
- Use good respiratory hygiene; coughing and sneezing into a tissue or elbow and properly disposing of tissues.
While there are more than 100 types of enteroviruses, which are very common viruses of respiratory illness, EV-D68 is less common.
Once we have identified the presence of EV-D68 in a region, there is no need for routine testing for this pathogen.
It is important to remember that testing for EV-D68 will not change the treatment an ill child will receive.
Visit the New Jersey Department of Health at www.nj.gov/health for additional information, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/NJDeptofhealth
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GROWING IN TECHNOLOGY
GROWING IN TECHNOLOGY AT SAINT VERONICA SCHOOL
On Friday afternoon, September 6th, the 7th and 8th graders at St. Veronica School gathered to receive the Surface RTs purchased by the PTA Board. We are proud that our entire 7th and 8th grade will now have their own tablets for reading and research! The St. Veronica School P.T.A. Board purchased 51 Microsoft Surface RTs for the students in our 7th and 8th grade.
In addition to the new 51 Surface RTs, the school provides students with various technological devices. They have 40 iPads which are available to all students, Elmos for class instruction, a full computer lab with 27 PCs, as well as computers and SMARTBoards in every classroom. St. Veronica School is proud of the ways they are helping address many of the most important goals for improving education today, particularly with regard to providing more individualized and flexible learning; offering more hands-on learning opportunities; helping students become more engaged in their own learning; making closer connections between the classroom and the real world; and exposing students to experts outside the classroom and different perspectives on issues.
All of this technology helps students not only communicate with each other, but to play an active role in their learning. They are able to make choices about how to receive and manipulate information; the technology helps them have a more active role in thinking about this information, making choices and what to do with what they learn.
The teacher is not the center of attention anymore, simply giving all the information to the students; instead the teacher is now a facilitator, setting goals, providing guidelines and resources, providing suggestions and support. The teacher and students work together and stimulate more active mental work on the part of students. Everyone is engaged in the learning process!
As we gathered to present students with their Surface RTs, we began as do all things here at St. Veronica School, with prayer. “Technology is one of God's greatest gifts to humankind. Technology, along with science and reason, are gifts that have great potential to improve not only our own lives; but to selflessly improve others' lives as well. Isn't that what Jesus taught us, to use our collective gifts to improve the lives of others? Technology is a gift that reaches the upper levels of God's other gifts like creation, emotion, and free will.” So, we gave thanks.
We asked Jesus, Lord of Light, whom we often describe as the Way, the Truth and the Light, to guide us in this exciting realm of electric generated light and programmed pathways. We asked that our students might learn things that will inspire them, help them to explore and investigate, to think and reason, and grow to be lifelong learners, who are confident, knowledgeable and caring citizens. May these new Surface RTs serve them, so that they may serve the Lord and one another.
We thanked God for the dedication and generosity of our P.T.A., who serve our school so lovingly and faithfully. We asked His blessings upon each of them for their efforts and the sacrifices they make for us. We thanked God for the gift of these Surface RTs that the P.T.A. presented to our students. As with all other gifts received, our students asked that, they, the recipients, bear the responsibility to choose how they use all the sciences and technologies --to build up, to welcome, to help, to heal, to reflect deeply, and care for God's creation and the world. Their desire is to make our P.T.A. proud as they use this new technology well. In closing they prayed, “St. Isidore of Seville, Patron Saint of Technology, pray for us.”
“There was an excitement in the air as the students prayed, and true anticipation as each one’s name was called to receive their own Surface RT. I marvel at the spirit of generosity among our parents, and the simplicity and gratitude among the students! May God be praised!” stated principal, Sister Cherree Power.