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Portage Health and Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center need your help to increase awareness of respiratory disease in the community

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Portage Health has recently seen an increased rate of respiratory disease, especially in asthmatic children. The illness, being confirmed as enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68) can cause mild to severe respiratory illness. EV-D68 is a version of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease resulting in respiratory illness and may or may not be accompanied by the common mouth sores that come with Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease. 

Children with asthma or occasional asthma symptoms, even if never diagnosed with asthma, are at higher risk for developing severe illness potentially leading to pneumonia and hospitalization.
This virus is already in our community. To keep your child from getting and spreading EV-D68,

  • Avoid close contact with sick people
  • Wash your hands often
  • Cover Your coughs and sneezes
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces
  • Stay home when you’re sick

If your child is asthmatic, or has had signs of asthma in the past, our pediatricians recommend,

  • Start taking controller medicine (i.e. inhaled steroids, Singulair), even if no symptoms are present.
  • Start taking rescue medicine as well (i.e. albuterol) if child is showing symptoms such as fever, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, body and muscle aches, difficulty breathing, wheezing

For more information, see the following related health articles:

Reminder: To continue to protect yourself, your family and your community, please plan on getting your flu shot at the following clinics:

  • Community Flu Shot clinic on September 27 at Hancock High School,
  • Hancock Family Health Center Pediatric Flu Clinics: October 3, October 10, October 21, October 28. Please call for an appointment by calling (906) 483-1700.
  • Or make an appointment for a flu shot by calling your doctor’s office after October 1.


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