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10/21/2014 - Health Notice from Hamilton Township Regarding Child Illness Test Results Found to be ‘Negative’ for ( No Presence of ) Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) - October 2014

 

Health Notice from Hamilton Township Regarding Child Illness Test Results Found to be ‘Negative’ for ( No Presence of ) Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) - October 2014

 

Following notification from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through the New Jersey State Department of Health to the Hamilton Township Division of Health, test results related to a Hamilton child illness case have concluded that the child in question tested “negative” (did NOT have) Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68).

Media reports have previously indicated a second child illness case from Yardville Elementary School – the same elementary school in which four year old Eli Waller attended.  Eli Waller was determined by Mercer County Medical Examiner to have died as a result of Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) and is believed to be the first case in the United States where a death was attributed to the virus.

“While the Waller family continues to remain in the thoughts and prayers of all of our residents, our community continues to move forward from this tragedy; and we are pleased to learn that this additional child illness case was not related to Enterovirus D68,” says Hamilton Township Mayor Kelly Yaede.  “I urge everyone’s continued vigilance in hygiene and sanitary efforts that help to prevent the spread of viruses.  Hamilton Township, through our Division of Health, will continue our many efforts to help protect the health of our community’s residents.”

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.

Links to information regarding Enterovirus D68 provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New Jersey State Department of Health are available on the Hamilton Township website (www.HamiltonNJ.com).

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