Two students of an elementary school in America have reportedly contracted leprosy following which the school authorities have warned parents and kids to remain protected.
Indian Hills Elementary School in Jurupa Valley, however, has not confirmed the reports of the disease yet. A school nurse informed the school about the infection on Friday. “We had reported to the office two students who were initially told by their doctor that they were diagnosed with leprosy, this is unconfirmed because leprosy required a significant diagnosis including things like a biopsy,” Jurupa Unified School District Superintendent Elliott Duchon stated.
Riverside County Department of Public Health’s disease director Barbara Cole said that the investigation regarding the contraction of the disease is still in progress and no confirmation has been made. The director said that the tests that are being done will take several weeks to produce the results. According to reports, the allegedly affected students were not attending school currently.
After the reports of leprosy in the school emerged, students returned with a mask after a three-day weekend. While parents looked confused and restricted their child from attending schools, health officials are busy looking out for any symptoms if identifiable. “You can’t get scared and stop bringing your kids to school, with that way of thinking you can’t take them to the park or anywhere else,” parent Augie Rodriguez said.
Cole used her experience in the field of disease control and said that anyone suffering from leprosy would normally witness skin lesions along with fever, fatigue, and joint pain sometimes. The director, as reported by ABC7, claimed that the transmission of the Hansen’s disease was “unlikely” and hence there is no risk in the school setting.
On the other hand, Sputnik News quoted the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that stated leprosy is transmitted from one person to another via respiratory droplets. Hence, family members are at a greater risk of contracting it.