BY BOB HOLT
New Jersey has its first confirmed case of enterovirus D68, and there are likely to be more.
Enterovirus D68 is a rare respiratory ailment that has affected several children across 12 states. That list now includes New Jersey.
The first case of the illness from New Jersey was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. NorthJersey.com reports that the child recovered in a Philadelphia hospital. Four children have been admitted to The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood with the more common enterovirus, but it has not been confirmed whether the cases are enterovirus D68.
What should children do to stay safe from the virus? The Asbury Park Press suggests washing your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces that are frequently touched, and sneezing into a tissue instead of your hands.
Nj.gov says we should try to avoid contact with people who are sick, and to stay home when we are sick. The site reminds us that we should keep current with our immunizations, especially those for flu.