Some parents upset state won’t reveal where sick children attend school
So far the Oregon Health Authority has refused to say where the children sick with enterovirus 68 in the state attend school.
Three of them are from Multnomah County.
The respiratory illness has sickened over 670 people nationwide and may have led to the deaths of five of them.
Some parents in Portland are upset the state won’t tell them were the sick children attend school.
Paula Fuller ran her own day care back in the 1980s and has been a nanny for the past 13 years. Over the years she’s dealt with her share of sick kids and knows there’s no exact science to keeping them safe.
“Wash your hands. Kids, they like to put their hands in their mouth — make sure you sanitize before and after the playground. That’s all you can do,” Fuller said.
She says schools send home notes if there’s something as simple as a lice infection going around and doesn’t understand why the Oregon Health Authority won’t disclose if any specific schools could be at risk.
Dr. Richard Leman with OHA says they have no plans to pass that information on to parents.
“Because this is an infection that doesn’t usually cause severe illness, we won’t change what we do from a public health point of view. We hope parents aren’t going to change what they do with this info either,” he said.
Leman says it’s up to parents to keep a close eye on their kids and to make sure they wash their hands regularly and cover their mouths during a cough or sneeze.
He says the virus starts out looking like the common cold then it targets the lungs, so he urges parents to keep a close eye on their kid’s breathing.
He says the good news is the four patients in Oregon are doing much better and have been released from the hospital.