Cases of the highly contagious skin infection impetigo have been confirmed at Horseheads High School, according to school district officials. Superintendent Dr. Thomas Douglas issued a letter to parents Wednesday.
“We have not received notice of any confirmed cases at any other district school, but because the condition is contagious, we wanted to inform all parents of the situation and reiterate the importance of good cleaning and hygiene habits to stop the spread of this and other health conditions,” Douglas said. “Health officials agree that the spread of contagious infections such as impetigo can be stopped through proper and complete handwashing, which we emphasize with our students and staff.”
The CDC said impetigo is caused by staph or strep bacterias, and can be recognized by small, clustered, pus-filled sores with little drainage. Its often found on the face, arms and lower part of leg.
You should contact your health care provider if you think your child might have it.
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