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Greater Clark County Schools sends parents letter about Enterovirus D-68

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Southern Indiana schools are taking action after a respiratory virus sickened more than 100 kids in a dozen states.

Greater Clark County Schools sent a memo to parents yesterday. School officials say while there are no cases of the Enterovirus D-68 in the district, they want parents and students to be aware of the virus and take precautions to stay healthy.

Beyond answering the basic questions, a tips sheet was also included.

Click HERE to view the letter.

Health officials have been working with schools in the district and students are being asked to wash their hands frequently.

Centers for Disease Control officials confirm the uncommon virus is now in 12 states, including Indiana and Kentucky. There have been 130 lab-confirmed cases, and all of them are children.

Kids with asthma have been especially vulnerable.

In the worst cases, officials say some children have needed life support for breathing difficulties.

The virus is not new, but only a small number of labs can test for it.

Since mid-August there's been a spike in cases. Investigators say it is not clear what triggered the outbreak, or whether it's worsening.

No deaths have been reported.
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