Randolph County Health Department
Bonnie’s Bug o’ the Month
Respiratory Illness Due to Enterovirus EV-D68 is just one of hundreds of viruses that may produce the same symptoms. More than 100 types of enteroviruses alone cause 10 to 15 million infections in the U.S. each year (CDC). EV-D68 is bad in that it seems to increase breathing problems in children with asthma. The virus usually causes symptoms like the common cold, runny nose and cough, and most people recover without treatment. There are no vaccines against EV-D68 and no specific treatments. Clinical care is supportive. Children who seem to be having trouble breathing, however, should be taken to a doctor immediately. As of September 11, the CDC had confirmed more than 80 cases of EV-D68 in six states: Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky and Missouri. New York also announced on Sept. 12, that it had more than a dozen confirmed cases of the virus. WV has no confirmed cases thus far. EV-D68 was originally isolated in 1962 but reported rarely in the U.S. since then – until August. Only the most severe cases have been typed so the full spectrum of the disease is not yet known. Current patient ages range from 6 weeks to 16 years, the median of 4 and 5 years old and two thirds of cases have histories of asthma and wheezing. Routes of transmission are not fully understood but contact and droplet precautions are essential. People caring for EV-D68 patients - or any respiratory patient – should wash hands often with warm water and soap for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers or having direct contact; 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, including toys and doorknobs; stay home when ill and call care provider if illness progresses. Doesn’t this scare you enough make you want to
WASH YOUR HANDS?
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Food Handlers Written test are given every Tuesday morning from 8:00am-9:00am. There is a $10.00 fee for the food handler's class. A study guide can be picked up at any time dailiy. A risk assessment form must be filled out before the food handlers test is given. This will determine if a TB skin test is required.
Food School will be: September 26, 2014 at the Health Department beginning at 8:00 am-no late entry will be permitted. Please come at least 15 minutes prior to the class beginning.
32 Randolph Avenue
Elkins, WV 26241
Hours: Monday: 8:00-4:30, Tuesday-Thursday: 7:30-4:30, Friday: 8:00-4:00
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