By James Ferguson
Oct. 14, 2014
Nancy Cameron feels she doesn’t need to worry about the D68 virus.
The enterovirus D68 respiratory virus has infected its first Island patient, a 10-year-old child, recently. Though the boy tested positive for the virus, he made a full recovery.
Cameron, a mother of two, said she has confidence in the doctors.
“I’m not going to worry because the Island’s doctors and nurses will take care of my family and everyone else if the virus goes to someone else. I’m very confident the virus will go away soon.”
Parents have every right to be concerned for their children and they have the right to know how to prevent the virus reaching their child, said Cameron.
PublicHealthOntario said as of Sept. 15, a number of laboratory-confirmed cases have been reported in Canada and, according to the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases, Alberta reported 18 cases of the virus, nine cases in Calgary, and confirmed cases in Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
The virus can be found in respiratory secretions in the nose and throat. It can spread via an infected person’s cough or sneeze. Touching surfaces or objects contaminated with the infection, could lead to giving the victim the virus according to PublicHealthOntario.
The symptoms range from none to mild cold-like symptoms or illnesses with fever and rashes and possible neurologic problems.
The chief public health officer for P.E.I. Heather Morrison said the best way to prevent the spread of the virus is by washing hands often and using an alcohol-based hand rub.
“I hope Islanders follows the rules to protect themselves from the virus, either from coughing into their sleeve or to stay home if they feel sick. Every step matters.”
In the U.S., the virus is being blamed for the death of a four-year-old boy in New Jersey on Sept. 24.