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CDC Confirms Enterovirus D68 in Hamilton PreSchooler’s Death

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Hamilton, NJ: The Center For Disease CDC confirmed 10/3/2014 that a 4 year old Yardville Pre – School boy from middle west central New Jersey died from Enterovirus D68.

Notice from Hamilton Township, NJ Regarding Child’s Death Linked to Unexplained Respiratory Illness

We were saddened to report that Hamilton Township experienced the death of a four year old child linked to an unexplained respiratory illness on Thursday, September 25th.  It has been reported by the CDC that the specimens sent to them from this child on Monday, September 29th have tested positive for Enterovirus D68  (EV-D68).  These results will be forwarded to the Mercer County Medical Examiner for appropriate additional testing as deemed necessary by the Medical Examiner.

As you may be aware, generally infants, children and teenagers are most likely to get infected with enteroviruses due to their lack of immunity (protection) from previous exposure to these viruses. Although adults can get infected with enterovirus, they are more likely to have milder symptoms.

There are no vaccines or antiviral medications for preventing EV-D68 infections. It is important that the general public continues to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses by frequent hand washing with soap and water, avoiding close contact with sick people, coughing into their elbows or a tissue, proper disposal of tissues and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces. Anyone who is sick should contact their healthcare provider and remain home from school or work.  It is important that anyone who has increased respiratory difficulty or symptoms that appear to be worsening, should contact their healthcare provider.

It is also recommended that children and adults take advantage of the influenza vaccine to help prevent the influenza virus this season.

Hamilton Township New Jersey has endured a wide array and strong dose of national fouls.

In 1994, Richard and Maureen lost 7 year old Megan. The sex offender lived across the street from their suburban home.  The killer buried her remains in Mercer County Park. Resulting Megan’s Law and the sex offender registry invention was born here. You can support the Megan Nicole Kanka Foundation at http://www.megannicolekankafoundation.org/mission.htm

Following the 911 / 2001 attacks, anthrax contaminated our major regional US Postal mail processing plant.

Hamilton Twp. is east of the State Capitol Trenton border, and located in Mercer County, along with Princeton.