Strain Of Virus Is Not D68, Which Has Been Spreading Across The Country


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Southampton Elementary School will be closed Wednesday after a student contracted Enterovirus, officials said.

They emphasized however that the student did not have the D68 strain which killed 4-year-old Eli Waller of Hamilton, N.J.

“The infected student is currently out of the school and seeking treatment,” Schools Superintendent Scott Farina said in a message to parents. “The health and safety of our students and staff is our first priority. To prevent the spread of the virus, we have consulted with our district physician and the Elementary School will be closed to all students on Wednesday, Oct. 15 to undergo a thorough cleaning by an outside professional cleaning company. The company will disinfect the entire building and apply an antibacterial product to further prevent the spread of germs.”

The school will reopen Thursday, WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported.

Last Saturday, a 21-month-old Detroit girl died from the D68 strain, which has sickened hundreds of people across the country.

Last Friday, Waller’s family announced the creation of a foundation in their son’s memory to help pay tuition for special needs children. To donate or for more information, go to the website for the First Day of School Foundation.

“And we miss Eli a great deal, and we love him very much,” Eli’s father Andrew Waller said. “I know that he’s watching this, and my goal is that he can be proud.”

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