Monkeypox case identified in Boston public school community

Health and school leaders are informing families about a case of monkeypox diagnosed in an “adult member” of the Boston Public School District community. Officials said the affected school building was disinfected over the weekend. Statements sent to families and provided to Newscenter 5 did not identify the school where the infected person worked nor the name of their job. The district indicated, “If you do not receive an individual call or a specific school communication, your school community is not affected.” Officials said the infected person would remain in isolation until it was safe for them to return to public. “A case was identified in an adult in one of our schools and contact tracing was done. There has been limited risk and everyone needs resources and vaccinations and is being contacted and it is available abundantly. Precautions are being taken,” Mayor Michelle Wu said Monday morning. “The health and well-being of our students and staff is our top priority,” the school district said in a statement. We are following our guidance and working actively with my colleagues at the Boston Public Health Commission. We are deeply committed to transparency and taking all necessary precautions.” Although the virus does not spread easily between people, people can spread the infection if they develop symptoms. Transmission is through direct contact with body fluids and monkeypox sores. through contact with fluids or objects contaminated with wounds (clothing, bedding, etc.), or, less commonly, through respiratory droplets after prolonged face-to-face contact. that there will be transmission within the school from a staff member working with monkeypox,” said Tufts Medical Center epidemiologist Dr. Shira Doron said. Early symptoms of monkeypox may include fever, headache, sore throat and swollen lymph nodes, but a rash may be the first symptom. The rash begins to flatten, bulge up, fill with clear fluid (vesicles) and then become pustules (filled with pus). A person with monkeypox may have many lesions or they may have only a few. Anyone who believes they may have monkeypox should isolate, but if they need to leave their home, they should wear a mask and cover their rash or sores when they are around others. People who live with or care for someone who may have monkeypox should wear a mask and disposable gloves if they require direct contact with the sores and when handling any clothing or bedding if the person Can’t do it himself. They should wash their hands regularly, especially after coming into contact with an infected person or with their clothes, sheets, towels and other objects or surfaces they have touched. Full statement sent to BPS families:Dear BPS families, the health and well-being of our students and employees is the top priority. With this in mind, we wanted to share with you an important update that the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) informed us that an adult member of our BPS community has been diagnosed with monkeypox. We have worked closely with the BPHC and the affected person. Identifying and informing exposed persons. We have worked closely with the affected school community to share this information. If you do not receive a personal call or any specific school communication, your school community is not affected. We are sharing this information in accordance with our commitment to transparency and educational awareness. In general, the risk of transmission of monkeypox in the community remains very low. While it can be difficult to process, especially after the last several school years, we want you to know that we are here for you. We assure you that we are doing everything we can to ensure the health and safety of all our schools. You can find out more about monkeypox on the website of the City of Boston. As recommended by the BPHC, the infected person will remain at home (isolated) as long as it is safe to be around others. BPHC will provide vaccines to those we have identified as exposed contacts. Exposed contacts can continue with their normal activities until they have symptoms of monkeypox. This weekend, we cleaned and disinfected the entire affected school building as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We will continue this. you updated. Thank you for your continued partnership in making all our schools a healthy, safe and welcoming place for all our students and staff.

Health and school leaders are informing families about a case of monkeypox diagnosed in an “adult member” of the Boston Public School District community.

Officials said the affected school building was disinfected over the weekend. Statements sent to families and provided to Newscenter 5 did not identify the school where the infected person worked nor the name of their job.

The district indicated, “If you have not received an individual call or any specific school communication, there is no impact on your school community.”

Officials said the infected person would remain in isolation until it was safe for them to return to public.

“A case was identified in an adult in one of our schools and contact tracing was done. There has been limited risk and everyone needs resources and vaccinations and is being contacted and it is available abundantly. Precautions are being taken,” Mayor Michelle Wu said on Monday morning.

“The health and well-being of our students and staff is our top priority,” the school district said in a statement. “We are following guidance provided by local, state and federal health officials and working actively with our partners at the Boston Public Health Commission. We are deeply committed to transparency and taking all necessary precautions. are.”

While the virus does not spread easily between people, people can spread the infection if they develop symptoms. Transmission occurs through direct contact with body fluids and monkeypox lesions, by touching fluids or objects contaminated with the sores (clothing, bedding, etc.), or less commonly, prolonged face-to-face contact. After respiration occurs through droplets.

“It is not expected that there will be transmission within the school from a staff member working with monkeypox,” said Dr Shira Doron, an epidemiologist at Tufts Medical Center.

Early symptoms of monkeypox may include fever, headache, sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes, but a rash may be the first symptom. The rash begins to flatten, bulge up, fill with clear fluid (vesicles) and then become pustules (filled with pus). A person suffering from monkeypox may have several lesions or they may have only a few lesions.

People who think they may have monkeypox should isolate but if they must leave their home, they should wear a mask and cover their rash or sores when they are around others.

People who live with or care for someone who may have monkeypox should wear a mask and disposable gloves if they require direct contact with the sores and when handling any clothing or bedding if the person Can’t do it himself. They should wash their hands regularly, especially after coming into contact with an infected person or with their clothes, sheets, towels and other objects or surfaces they have touched.


Full statement sent to BPS families:

Dear BPS Family,

The health and well-being of our students and employees is a top priority. With this in mind, we wanted to share with you an important update that the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) informed us that an adult member of our BPS community has been diagnosed with monkeypox.

We have worked closely with the BPHC and the affected person to identify and inform the exposed persons. We have also worked closely with the affected school community to share this information.

If you do not receive a personal call or any specific school communication, there is no impact on your school community. We are sharing this information in accordance with our commitment to transparency and educational awareness.

In general, the risk of transmission of monkeypox in the community remains very low.

While this can be difficult to process, especially after the last several school years, we want you to know that we are here for you. We assure you that we are making every effort to ensure the health and safety of all our schools.

You can find out more about monkeypox on the website of the City of Boston.

As per the recommendation of BPHC, the infected person will remain in home (isolation) till he becomes safe around others. BPHC will provide vaccines to those we have identified as exposed contacts. Exposed contacts can continue with their normal activities until they have symptoms of monkeypox.

This weekend, we cleaned and disinfected the entire affected school building as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We will keep you updated. Thank you for your continued partnership in making all our schools a healthy, safe and welcoming place for all our students and staff.

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