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2nd Hepatitis case in Schley

August 26, 2004

Ellaville-- Another student is infected with Hepatitis-A in Schley County.

School officials got word from Public Health yesterday of a second Hepatitis-A case in a pre-kindergarten class.

A week ago, the first case was reported, also in a pre-K class.

In letters being sent home with the students this afternoon, school officials detail what hepatitis is and how to prevent it.

Assistant Deborah Hawver says, "I would like to reinforce that the teachers and all are keeping things very clean. It is pretty much transmitted in a household, we feel pretty comfortable they are not getting this at the school."

The Public Health Department in Columbus has been handling the Hepatitis-A cases, and it doesn't appear to be spreading in the community.

Also, no child in school is known to be infectious. Fecal matter to mouth transmission is how Hepatitis-A can be spread. School officials say they are following every instruction by Public Health to prevent the spread of the disease.

Posted at 5:35 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com

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