A message from
NKU President Geoffrey S. Mearns

Dear Colleagues:

Earlier today, I learned that an NKU staff member is suspected of having contracted the Enterovirus D-68. Our colleague exhibited symptoms consistent with this common virus on Monday, and our colleague has not returned to campus since visiting a doctor that day.

Like a common cold, symptoms of Enterovirus D-68 include fever, runny nose, sneezing, and cough. In severe cases, the virus can cause wheezing and other breathing problems. Children with asthma and other previously diagnosed breathing conditions are more likely to develop severe cases.

Based on recommendations from our on-campus health professionals, as well as the Northern Kentucky Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, I want to remind you of the simple steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of infection:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands
  • Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, especially if someone is sick

If you feel sick or are exhibiting symptoms, please call the NKU Office of Health, Counseling, and Student Wellness at (859) 572-5650, or contact your healthcare provider.

For more information about Enterovirus D-68, visit:

Northern Kentucky Health Department: http://www.nkyhealth.org/Fact-Sheets/enterovirus.aspx

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/EV-D68.html?s_cid=cdc_homepage_whatsnew_001

Take care.

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