Health Office

Welcome to Eagle Ridge Middle School Health Office!

Banti Ortero, RN, MSN

            Health Assistant:  Angel Chester

Enterovirus D68

Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of more than 100 non-polio enteroviruses. This virus was first identified in California in 1962.

What are the symptoms of EV-D68 infection?

EV-D68 can cause mild to severe respiratory illness.

  • Mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches.
  • Severe symptoms may include wheezing and difficulty breathing. See EV-D68 in the U.S., 2014 for details about infections occurring this year.

Anyone with respiratory illness should contact their doctor if they are having difficulty breathing or if their symptoms are getting worse.

How does the virus spread?

Since EV-D68 causes respiratory illness, the virus can be found in an infected person’s respiratory secretions, such as saliva, nasal mucus, or sputum. EV-D68 likely spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches a surface that is then touched by others.

What time of the year are people most likely to get infected?

In the United States, people are more likely to get infected with enteroviruses in the summer and fall. Cases are likely to decline later in the fall.


How common is EV-D68 in the United States?

In general, a mix of enteroviruses circulates every year, and different types of enteroviruses can be common in different years. Small numbers of EV-D68 have been reported regularly to CDC since 1987. However, this year the number of people reported with confirmed EV-D68 infection is much greater than that reported in previous years. See EV-D68 in the U.S., 2014 for details about infections occurring this year.

Who is at risk?

In general, infants, children, and teenagers are most likely to get infected with enteroviruses and become ill. That's because they do not yet have immunity (protection) from previous exposures to these viruses. We believe this is also true for EV-D68. Adults can get infected with enteroviruses, but they are more likely to have no symptoms or mild symptoms.

Children with asthma may have a higher risk for severe respiratory illness caused by EV-D68 infection.

How is it diagnosed?

EV-D68 can only be diagnosed by doing specific lab tests on specimens from a person’s nose and throat.

Many hospitals and some doctor’s offices can test ill patients to see if they have enterovirus infection. However, most cannot do specific testing to determine the type of enterovirus, like EV-D68. CDC and some state health departments can do this sort of testing.

CDC recommends that clinicians only consider EV-D68 testing for patients with severe respiratory illness and when the cause is unclear.

What are the treatments?

There is no specific treatment for people with respiratory illness caused by EV-D68.

For mild respiratory illness, you can help relieve symptoms by taking over-the-counter medications for pain and fever. Aspirin should not be given to children.

Some people with severe respiratory illness may need to be hospitalized.

There are no antiviral medications currently available for people who become infected with EV-D68.

How can I protect myself?

You can help prevent yourself from getting and spreading EV-D68 and other respiratory illnesses by following these steps:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.

There are no vaccines for preventing EV-D68 infections.

What should people with asthma and children suffering from reactive airway disease do?

Children with asthma are at risk for severe symptoms from EV-D68 and other respiratory illnesses. They should follow CDC’s guidance to maintain control of their illness during this time.

CDC recommends:

  • Discuss and update your asthma action plan with your primary care provider.
  • Take your prescribed asthma medications as directed, especially long term control medication(s).
  • Be sure to keep your reliever medication with you.
  • Get a flu vaccine when available.
  • If you develop new or worsening asthma symptoms, follow the steps of your asthma action plan. If your symptoms do not go away, call your doctor right away.
  • Parents should make sure the child’s caregiver and/or teacher is aware of his/her condition, and that they know how to help if the child experiences any symptoms related to asthma.
RRPS HEALTH AND SPORTS FORMS--Please log-on to the Athletics website  need forms for medication administration at school and/or forms to participate in sports.  Remember new forms must be completed each year!

REMINDER:  All students registering for the seventh grade MUST have a Tdap immunization on file.  If you aren't sure whether or not the school has record of your child's Tdap, please call the Health Office at 892-6630, ext. 366.  Immunizations are given free of charge at the Sandoval County Health Office 1500 Idalia Rd. NE, Bernalillo, NM  87004.  Call before going to make sure the nurse is available to give shots.  The phone number is (505) 867-2291.  Students will not be given their class schedule for the school year if their shot record is not compliant.  

The Tdap immunization protects against both Tetanus and Pertussis.  
  • Pertussis (Whooping Cough) is a respiratory disease spread by person to person contact. Community health officials have reported this disease to be on the rise in New Mexico. Immunization against Pertussis is the best prevention! For more information on Pertussis, the signs and symptoms of Pertussis and treatment, please visit   the CDC web page for more information.
We enjoy the very special privilege of caring for your child. It is the goal of the health office to promote the optimal health of each student, which in turn enhances optimal learning. In order to achieve this goal, the health office is open every day during normal school hours. The health office is located across from the administration office.   

Please take a few minutes from your busy day to note some very important information that will help us provide the best care and service to your family:
EMERGENCY MEDICAL AUTHORIZATIONS FORMSPlease take the time to complete the medical history on your child’s health form so we can provide them with the most accurate care.
CONTACTING PARENTS:  Please make sure the school has accurate phone numbers so we can reach you if your child is ill. Please remember to send in new work numbers if you change jobs. To ensure optimum care, it is important to update us continually with changes in your child’s health, new medications, or anything else that impacts his or her well-being at school.
HEALTH SCREENINGS: Vision and hearing screening is performed on all Seventh graders and new-to-district students in accordance with New Mexico guidelines. Additionally, students who show signs of vision or hearing difficulty (any grade) may be screened to rule out a problem. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like your child screened at any time during the school year. If a problem exists, you will be notified and referred for further medical evaluation if needed. 

ATTENDANCE POLICY FOR ILLNESS:  Please do not send your child to school if any of the following signs or symptoms is present in the previous 24 hours:
     *Elevated temperature (100 degrees or greater)
     *Acute cold, sore throat, or persistent cough
     *Vomiting, nausea, or severe abdominal pain
     *Repeated diarrhea
     *Pus-like discharge from the nose or eyes 
Please contact the school nurse when you are not sure if your child is well enough to attend school. Your child’s good health is important to us! 
You are encouraged to share any concerns or problems relevant to your child's health. If you have any questions or would like to meet with me, please do not hesitate to call me at 505-892-6630 Ext. 366.
Remember students need to get at least 8-9 hours of sleep every night and eat a healthy breakfast before coming to school.
Studies show that students who do not eat breakfast before school have problems including headaches, stomach aches, fatigue, irritability and have lower test scores. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so if your child is running late coming in to school, breakfast may be purchased from the cafeteria.