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Archive for September, 2014

State officials confirm enterovirus, won’t say where

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

RALEIGH, NC — (Press Release) Six North Carolina children have tested positive for the enterovirus. The children’s locations are not being released to protect identities.


The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the presence of enterovirus D68, or EV-D68, in six patients from North Carolina.
The specimens that tested positive for EV-D68 were obtained from children ages 10 and under with respiratory illnesses. Testing was conducted at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on specimens submitted from hospitals across the state.

Specific information about the children, including county of residence or hospital location, is not being released in order to protect patient confidentiality.

“DHHS’ Division of Public Health has been monitoring this situation very closely,” said Dr. Zack Moore, a pediatrician and epidemiologist with the Division of Public Health. “The confirmed cases were located in different parts of the state, so it is important for everyone to take necessary actions to protect yourself from EV-D68 and other respiratory viruses. There are no vaccines and no specific treatments for EV-D68, so prevention is the best option.”

There are more than 100 types of enteroviruses and 10-15 million infections across the US each year. Enteroviruses are common viruses that can cause a range of symptoms, include runny nose, coughing, mouth sores, fever and body aches. Some patients will also develop wheezing and difficulty breathing.

“EV-D68 is one of many enteroviruses that can cause illness,” said Dr. Moore. “Enterovirus infections are not generally life-threatening but can sometimes be severe, especially for children with asthma or other underlying respiratory conditions. If you or your child experience cold-like symptoms and difficulty breathing, contact your health care provider right away.”

Enteroviruses are transmitted through close contact with an infected person, or by touching objects or surfaces that are contaminated with the virus and then touching the mouth, nose or eyes. Health officials are recommending that people take the following actions to protect themselves from infection with EV-D68 and other respiratory illnesses:

1. Wash hands vigorously and often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers.
2. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
3. Avoid kissing, hugging and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
4. Frequently disinfect touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.

Since people with asthma are higher risk for respiratory illnesses, health officials are reminding everyone with asthma to take their medications as prescribed and make sure their asthma is under good control. Health officials are also recommending getting a flu vaccine as soon as possible to help prevent another important cause of respiratory illness that could be going around at the same time.

Since mid-August, EV-D68 has been linked to clusters of respiratory illness in 27 other states, including some illnesses that have been severe.

For more information, visit the CDC website on Enterovirus D68: http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/ev-d68.html.


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Douglass Academy taken off state watch list

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

The N.C. Office of Charter Schools placed the school on "governance cautionary status" in May.

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UNCW board takes step in chancellor search

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

A committee will be formally charged with the search on Oct. 2, when UNC President Tom Ross visits the campus.

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First Alert Forecast: lots of clouds, breezy, & unsettled on Tuesday

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Fall officially arrives at 10:29pm Monday, and as if right on cue, a cold front will pass and replace a warm and possibly stormy Monday with a cooler Tuesday.

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Adopt An Angel van missing

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An animal welfare group says one of its transport vans is missing.

The group Adopt an Angel is asking for help finding the van they say has saved thousands of animals’ lives. Adopt an Angel calls them “freedom rides.”

“Because we take animals from people who are abusive and mean, and then we find really great people to take them,” treasurer Jill Jones said.

Jones says they have three white vans they use to take animals from New Hanover and Brunswick County Animal Services to adoption fairs. She says it is hard to find these kind of vehicles for cheap.

“They are retired utility vans,” Jones said. “We look for these kinds of deals. They don’t come around often.”

They have no place to store the vans when they’re not using them.

“We don’t have a physical facility,” Jones said. “We don’t have an animal shelter. We have nowhere to park these vans.”

That is why they park the vans at Petco on South College Road overnight. Friday night someone stole one of those vans. Adopt an Angel president Sherry Gloer says it does not make sense.

“Why would they do this to a charity that is trying to save homeless animals?” Gloer asked.

Jones says having the van stolen is more than just a monetary loss.

“That’s 4,000 animals that can say that their lives were saved for $400 bucks a year, and somebody decided that they could just come and take that away from those animals,” Jones said. “That made me really sad.”

Jones says for now the other vans are pulling double duty while they look for a replacement.

“It’s going to slow us down, but it’s not going to stop us,” Jones said.

The van that is missing is a 2000 Ford E50. The license plate is B779 IC. If you see the van, report it to the Wilmington Police Department.


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