Viral Infection March 2019

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Dear Parents,

Recently, many of our students have had the same symptoms such as fever, headache, coughing, sore throat, fatigue. Some of them have been confirmed of viral infection, a common contagious disease happening around the year in Viet Nam. We‘ve asked all infected students to stay at home for speedy recovery, keeping them at home will also help to contain the spread of the viral infection. The following fact sheet provides us necessary information about this sickness, but a medical consultation will be recommended if any symptoms you find worrying about your child.

VIRAL INFECTION

A viral infection is a disease that can be caused by different kinds of viruses, of which the influenza-virus is best known. A viral infection can be in different places in the body, some viruses are mainly in the intestine, while others prefer the lungs and airways. With a viral infection, the person usually has a fever, but other complaints can range from abdominal pain and diarrhea to coughing and shortness of breath.

Symptoms of viral infection:

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Depending on the virus, any of the following symptoms may happen also
    • Coughing
    • Diarrhea
    • Abdominal pain
    • Sore throat

Seek medical advice if:

  • Complaints lasting more than 7 days
  • Fever longer than 5 days
  • When shortness of breath occurs

Immediately contact a doctor:

  • With a fever over 106.7 degrees Fahrenheit or 41.5 degrees Celsius
  • With new red spots or a new red rash on the skin
  • The symptoms severely worsen

Healthcare tips

  • Rest
  • Drink plenty of water / fluid to stay well-hydrated
  • Eat light foods (fruit, toast etc.)
  • Prevent infecting others:
    • Washing hands regularly & thoroughly
    • Covering mouth & nose with a tissue or the inside of the arm when coughing, sneezing
    • Staying home until being symptom-free for 24 hour without the use of medication
    • Don’t leave used tissues and towels lying around
    • Don’t share cups, plates, cutlery

For further information, please visit this website https://www.earlydoc.com/en/diseases/viral_infection, or contact the ES & MS Nurse Office at esmsnurse@ssis.edu.vn ; telephone (848) 5413 0901 Ext # 11070.

March 12, 2019

SSIS Nurse Team