Monkeypox case identified in Boston public school community

Monkeypox case identified in Boston public school community

Health and school officials are advising families of a diagnosed case of monkeypox 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 or their job title. The district said, “If you have not received an individual call or specific school communication, your school community is not affected. “There has been a case identified in an adult in one of our schools and contact tracing has been done. There has been limited exposure and everyone who has needed resources and vaccines is being contacted and that is made available from an abundance of caution,” 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 guidance provided by local, state and federal health officials and are actively working with our partners at the Boston Public Health Commission. We remain deeply committed to transparency and are taking all necessary precautions.” Although the virus does not spread easily between people, people can spread the infection once they develop symptoms. Transmission occurs through contact directly with bodily fluids and monkeypox wounds, by touching objects that have been contaminated with fluids or wounds (clothing, bedding, etc.), or less commonly, by respiratory droplets after prolonged face-to-face contact. a staff member working with monkeypox is not expected to cause transmission within a school,” said Tufts Medical Center epidemiologist Dr. Shira Doron. Early symptoms of monkeypox may include fever, headache, sore throat and swollen lymph nodes, be the first symptom.Skin lesions start flat, lift, fill with fluid clear (vesicles) then become pustules (filled with pus). A person with monkeypox may have many lesions or only a few. People who live with or care for someone who may have monkeypox should wear a mask and disposable gloves if they are going to have direct contact with lesions and when handling clothing or clothing. bedding if the person cannot do it themselves. They should also wash their hands regularly, especially after contact with the 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 staff is a top priority. With that in mind, we wanted to share an important update with you that the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) has informed us that an adult member of our BPS community has been diagnosed with monkeypox. We worked closely with the BPHC and the affected person to identify and notify those exposed. We also worked closely with the affected school community to share this information. If you did not receive an individual call or specific school communication, your school community is not affected. We share this information in line with our commitment to transparency and educational awareness. In general, the risk of transmission of monkeypox to the community remains very low. Although it can be difficult to treat, especially after the last 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. it is safe to be around other people. BPHC will offer vaccines to those we have identified as exposed contacts. Exposed contacts can continue with their normal activities as long as they don’t have symptoms consistent with monkeypox. This weekend, we cleaned and disinfected the entire affected school building as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC). you updated. Thank you for your continued partnership in making all of our schools healthy, safe and welcoming places for all of our students and staff.

Health and school officials are advising families of a diagnosed case of monkeypox 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 or their job title.

The district said, “If you have not received an individual call or specific school communication, your school community is not affected.”

Officials said the infected person would self-isolate until it was safe to return to public.

“There has been a case identified in an adult in one of our schools and contact tracing has been done. There has been limited exposure and everyone who has needed resources and vaccines is being contacted and that is made available from an abundance of caution,” 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 guidance provided by local, state and federal health authorities and are actively working with our partners at the Boston Public Health Commission. We remain deeply committed to transparency and are taking all necessary precautions.”

Although the virus does not spread easily between people, people can spread the infection once they develop symptoms. Transmission occurs through direct contact with bodily fluids and monkeypox wounds, by touching objects that have been contaminated with fluids or wounds (clothing, bedding, etc.), or less commonly, through respiratory droplets after a prolonged face-to-face contact.

“A staff member working with monkeypox is not expected to lead to transmission within a school,” said Tufts Medical Center epidemiologist Dr. Shira Doron.

Early symptoms of monkeypox may include fever, headache, sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes, but a rash may be the first symptom. Skin lesions start out flat, lift, fill with clear fluid (vesicles) and then become pustules (filled with pus). A person with monkeypox may have many lesions or only a few.

Anyone who thinks they have monkeypox should self-isolate, but if they have to leave their home, they should wear a mask and cover their rashes or sores when around other people.

People who live with or care for someone who may have monkeypox should wear a mask and disposable gloves if they are going to have direct contact with lesions and when handling clothing or clothing. bedding if the person cannot do it themselves. They should also wash their hands regularly, especially after contact with the 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 wellbeing of our students and staff is a top priority. With that in mind, we wanted to share an important update with you that the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) has 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 notify those exposed. We also worked closely with the affected school community to share this information.

If you did not receive an individual call or school-specific communication, your school community is not impacted. We share this information in accordance with our commitment to transparency and educational awareness.

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

Although it can be difficult to deal with, especially after the last 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 more information about monkeypox on the City of Boston website.

As recommended by the BPHC, the infected person will stay home (isolate) until they can be safe with others. BPHC will offer vaccines to those we have identified as exposed contacts. Exposed contacts can continue with their normal activities as long as they do not have symptoms consistent with 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 to keep you updated. Thank you for your continued partnership in making all of our schools healthy, safe and welcoming places for all of our students and staff.

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