Health notice for cases of Strep 10/3/18

Multiple cases of Strep have been reported throughout all grades at Canal View.

Strep throat is a somewhat contagious disease the symptoms of which may not be severe. Symptoms may include a bright red sore throat, fever, headache, fatigue, and nausea. Usually there are enlarged lymph nodes found on the side of the neck. The importance of strep throat is that untreated cases occasionally may lead, about two weeks afterward, to rheumatic fever which can result in heart damage. Treatment with antibiotics prevents this.

If you suspect that your child has strep throat, call your doctor to see if a throat culture is necessary. If the culture is positive, an antibiotic is ordered. Other family members should also be observed for symptoms. Please notify the school nurse if your child has a positive strep culture. We monitor contagious illnesses and notify other parents as needed.

Children who test positive for strep must be on antibiotics for 24 hours prior to returning to school.

HEALTH SUGGESTIONS:
            
1. Wash hands frequently.
2. Use drinking fountain correctly.
3. Change tooth brush often, do not share common drinking glass.
4. Ask for a re-culture after medication is completed.
5. Be sure to take ALL the medicine you are given or infection may reoccur.