There are just so many virus around us nowadays EBOLA, EV71, Flu and Rotavirus.
How do you protect your children from all these at school?
Ebola Virus Disease (WHO)
Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans.
The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.
The average EVD case fatality rate is around 50%. Case fatality rates have varied from 25% to 90% in past outbreaks.
The first EVD outbreaks occurred in remote villages in Central Africa, near tropical rainforests, but the most recent outbreak in west Africa has involved major urban as well as rural areas.
Community engagement is key to successfully controlling outbreaks. Good outbreak control relies on applying a package of interventions, namely case management, surveillance and contact tracing, a good laboratory service, safe burials and social mobilisation.
Early supportive care with rehydration, symptomatic treatment improves survival. There is as yet no licensed treatment proven to neutralise the virus but a range of blood, immunological and drug therapies are under development.
There are currently no licensed Ebola vaccines but 2 potential candidates are undergoing evaluation.
Enterovirus 71 (EV71) has been confirmed in a number of children in New South Wales and more recently in Victoria, and has caused severe neurological disease in young children. Hand, Foot and Mouth disease (HFMD), or a history of contact with a case of HFMD, are occasional but not consistent findings in these children.
Children under five years of age are most likely to develop complications of EV71 infection.
Any child presenting with a febrile illness and neurological features (including irritability) should have a diagnosis of EV71 considered.
Testing for EV71 by PCR should be performed on stool specimens and throat swabs (or NPA). Positive isolates from patients should be sent for characterisation to the Enterovirus Reference Laboratory at VIDRL (telephone 9342 2600).
Children with suspected complicated EV71 infection should be cared for in a single room with contact precautions in place.
Flu A/ Flu B
The influenza A and B viruses that routinely spread in people (human influenza viruses) are responsible for seasonal flu epidemics each year.
Influenza A viruses can be broken down into sub-types depending on the genes that make up the surface proteins.
Over the course of a flu season, different types (A & B) and subtypes (influenza A) of influenza circulate and cause illness.
Rotaviruses are a leading cause of severe diarrhoeal disease and dehydration in infants and young children.
Most symptomatic episodes occur in young children between the ages of 3 months and 2 years. The virus spreads rapidly, presumably through person-to-person contact, airborne droplets, or possibly contact with contaminated toys.
Symptoms usually appear approximately two to three days after infection, and include projectile vomiting and very watery diarrhoea, often with fever and abdominal pain. The first infection is usually the worst one.
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