Mystery Disease of Local Student Diagnosed

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

School officials say doctors have finally diagnosed an East Bernstadt student's illness. The school's principal says the seventh grader from Laurel County has "Type A Strep with Toxic Shock Syndrome".

School custodians started taking extra cleaning precautions last week when the student first became sick. School officials say they are cleaning every day and even between classes to make sure the school is safe for students.

School nurse Ronda Bundy says, "The doctor said there were no additional precautions to be taken, to proceed as you normally would."

The custodial staff at East Bernstadt say they have cleaned every surface they think a student could come in contact with, using commercial grade cleaners.

"The desks have been bleached, we mopped with a lot of extra bleach, we went through lockers, we did the carpet areas, we did an extra cleaning on the carpet areas, water fountains, doorknobs. Inside, outside doorknobs!" says custodian Rosemary Callahan.

Classmates created cards for the boy and his brother who also attends the school. Some students then asked teachers if they could join together to pray for the family.

"The kids have mostly been in school with the student for a number of years and they just want to voice their concerns. And since they can't go to the hospital and bombard the hospital, we'll just get together and offer prayer and thoughts on his behalf," says Principal Jim Meding.

He says there are no other students in the school with the same symptoms.

Principal Meding says the seventh grader is still in serious condition, but he believes after weeks in the hospital, the student will recover.


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  • by Tyree Family Location: Chicago Illinois on Jan 18, 2009 at 04:41 PM
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. May God watch over you and keep you safe.
  • by family member Location: ky on Jan 15, 2009 at 08:16 AM
    Thanks so much for the continuing prayers..we are still hopeful and we know that with God all things are possible. I can't tell you how touched we are with all of the support and prayers from around the community.
  • by tawyna Location: williamsburg on Jan 14, 2009 at 08:33 PM
    praying for a speedy recovering
  • by CHRISTIE Location: LONDON on Jan 14, 2009 at 07:44 PM
    MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO THIS YOUNG BOY, HIS FAMILY, AND FRIENDS.
  • by katie couch Location: kcouch921@hotmail.com on Jan 14, 2009 at 07:07 PM
    we watch every uk ball game and we sure enjoy jodie meek shooting skills tuesday night.we are so glad that they beat tenn. that was great go cats go cats . greeeeat
  • by Brenda Location: Hazard on Jan 14, 2009 at 05:40 PM
    GOD BLESS YOU AND ALL OF YOUR FAMILY, OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU. ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE WITH GOD. KEEP YOUR FAITH.
  • by Ryan Location: Corbin on Jan 14, 2009 at 03:05 PM
    Will definetly be keeping this child and the family in my prayers.
  • by Chrystal Location: KY on Jan 14, 2009 at 11:50 AM
    I will definatly keep this kid and his family in my prayers...i have a 8 yr old son, scares me to think it could be my baby boy. my prayers are with you and i have faith that God will pull this through. remember...it may get worse before it gets better but be strong for the sake of Austin and yourselves....dont lose faith. ~Chrystal~
  • by Hollie on Jan 14, 2009 at 09:28 AM
    I'm glad they have diagnosed it. Bless this boy, his family, and the people at his school. We will pray for his recovery also.
  • by Another Parent Location: Ky on Jan 14, 2009 at 12:07 AM
    Hardly poisioning. I hope the best for this child,and a speedy recovery.Note to Tammy,lay off Mystery Diagnosis for a while.It's got you totally freaked out!Stop thinking the worst!

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