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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