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10/3/2014 - Notice from Hamilton Township, NJ Regarding Child’s Death Linked to Unexplained Respiratory Illness

Notice from Hamilton Township, NJ Regarding Child’s Death Linked to Unexplained Respiratory Illness

We were saddened to report that Hamilton Township experienced the death of a four year old child linked to an unexplained respiratory illness on Thursday, September 25th.  It has been reported by the CDC that the specimens sent to them from this child on Monday, September 29th have tested positive for Enterovirus D68  (EV-D68).  These results will be forwarded to the Mercer County Medical Examiner for appropriate additional testing as deemed necessary by the Medical Examiner.
 
As you may be aware, generally infants, children and teenagers are most likely to get infected with enteroviruses due to their lack of immunity (protection) from previous exposure to these viruses. Although adults can get infected with enterovirus, they are more likely to have milder symptoms.
 
There are no vaccines or antiviral medications for preventing EV-D68 infections. It is important that the general public continues to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses by frequent hand washing with soap and water, avoiding close contact with sick people, coughing into their elbows or a tissue, proper disposal of tissues and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces. Anyone who is sick should contact their healthcare provider and remain home from school or work.  It is important that anyone who has increased respiratory difficulty or symptoms that appear to be worsening, should contact their healthcare provider.
It is also recommended that children and adults take advantage of the influenza vaccine to help prevent the influenza virus this season.
 
Please see the Hamilton Township website for public flu clinics that are now being offered. 

Also, the Hamilton Township Call Center (609-586-0311) will be open from 9am to 12pm on Saturday, October 4th to answer any further questions.