Health Alert: Respiratory Illness in the Midwest

Symptoms and tips for reducing the spread of germs


The outbreak of respiratory virus EV- D68 has become a nightmare for everyone involved, puzzling parents, children and medical staff  as to its origin.

Missouri seems to be the hot spot of this infection, which has sent 300+ Kansas City children to the hospital since August 15th. According to the CDC, similar cases have been found in the following states: Kansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Iowa, Colorado, Ohio, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Georgia.

What symptoms are the infected experiencing?

  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Physical Aches
  • Sneezing and Coughing

While those infected suffer from typical flu-like symptoms, children with asthma tend to experience increased wheezing and difficulty breathing, which has sent many kids to pediatric intensive care so far.

Missouri health agencies advise us to follow the steps below as a daily practice, especially during the flu season:

  • Wash hands often
  • Avoid touching mouth, nose, eyes if hands are unwashed
  • Avoid contact with sick people
  • Focus on disinfecting high-touch points

According to Dr. Mary Anne Jackson, the hospital’s director for infectious disease, “The full scope is yet to be known, but it would appear it’s in the Midwest. In our community, meticulous hand-washing is not happening. It’s just the nature of kids.”

For more information on this outbreak visit the health alert PDF from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

Spread the word (not germs) with this free Hand Washing Poster. Download it now and post it in your facility’s bathrooms, high traffic areas, and share with your friends, especially with the flu season coming soon, to educate others on proper hand hygiene.

To know what you can do to contribute to a healthier environment as well as help reduce the spread of germs, contact your local Coverall Support Center today.


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