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Sick, Sick Everywhere! Not to Panic – We Have Tips to Share!

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Don’t panic just yet! With everything in the news about Ebola and the D68 Enterovirus, it’s hard NOT to panic even just thinking about it!

Dr. Randy Pagenkopf has you covered.

We want to go over a few basic practices that will help insure your family won’t be coming down with any of these nasty viruses!

Get the Facts

What is Ebola?

The CDC states that “Ebola, previously known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus strains. Ebola can cause disease in humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees).”

How do you protect yourself against Ebola?

As per the CDC follow these guidelines:

  • Wash hands frequently or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid contact with blood and body fluids of any person, particularly someone who is sick.
  • Do not touch bats and nonhuman primates or their blood and fluids and do not touch or eat raw meat prepared from these animals.
  • Seek medical care immediately if you develop fever (temperature of 101.5°F/ 38.6°C) and any of the other following symptoms: headache, muscle pain, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, or unexplained bruising or bleeding.
  • Limit your contact with other people until and when you go to the doctor. Do not travel anywhere else besides a healthcare facility.

What is Enterovirus D68?

“Enterovirus” is the name given to a range of more than 100 viruses, that often cause nothing worse than just a bad cold, but the EV-D68 has sickened 594 reported cases, primarily in children.

Its symptoms include: fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body/muscle aches.

EV-D68 causes respiratory illness and is easily spread through saliva, nasal mucus, or sputum. It can be spread from person to person when someone that is infected coughs, sneezes or touches a surface that can be touched by someone else.

How can you protect yourself and your family?

  • Washing your hands frequently with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with hands that haven’t been washed
  • Stay home if you suspect you are sick, even if you think it’s nothing serious.
  • Stifle your cough with the crook of your elbow and not your hand. Or use a kleenex to cover your mouth when coughing.
  • Disinfect the surfaces that are frequently touched like, toys, door-handles, light fixtures, etc.
  • Avoid kissing, hugging, sharing cups and utensils with those that are sick.

Keep Calm and Clean On!

Keep in mind that there isn’t a vaccine to prevent EV-D68 Infections. Hand washing and disinfecting surfaces will greatly limit your chances of contracting viruses this winter.

Lather – Rinse- Repeat!

 ~Dr. Randy