Shaker Junior High School has recorded a case of enterovirus EV-D68, the contagious respiratory illness spreading throughout the country.
It is one of about a dozen cases in the Capital Region, according to letters posted on the North Colonie Central School District website, which did not say if the infected person was a student or staffer. Shenendehowa announced a case last week.
The virus is similar to the common cold, but can cause severe breathing problems, particularly in children with asthma. Symptoms that differ from a cold include a rash and fever.
District officials wrote in the letter that they were announcing the diagnosis because students and staff at the school interact with other students throughout the district. To stop the spread of the virus, they urged residents to keep their children home from school if they had cold symptoms.
They also asked residents to use proper hygiene, including frequently washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, not touching their eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands and not kissing, hugging or sharing cups and utensils with sick people.
In addition, they advised residents to disinfect toys, doorknobs and other items that are often touched. They stressed that this was particularly important in homes with infants or people with chronic health problems or compromised immune systems.