Hepatitis A at Milam Elementary

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Parents of Milam Elementary students are receiving letters Thursday notifying them of three confirmed cases of hepatitis A in a kindergarten classroom on that campus.

Parents received a letter on Sept. 24, notifying them of a single case of Hepatitis A in a kindergarten student. Since that time, two additional cases have been confirmed from the same classroom. Letters are being sent to parents notifying them of these additional cases of Hepatitis A

Sandy Farris, B.I.S.D. Communications director adds, "Obviously notification of parents is priority for us. We want our parents to be informed. We want to quell any rumors that may be going around."

An additional letter will be sent to classmates of the infected students with Brazos County Health Department recommendations to obtain immune globulin vaccine to guard against infection. Immune globulin is given for short-term protection against hepatitis A for persons who have already been exposed to the virus.

Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus. The virus is transmitted by the fecal-oral route, or through close person-to-person contact. The disease is rarely fatal and most people recover in a few weeks without any complications.

There are no long-term effects of the disease and once people recover from hepatitis A, they are immune for life and do not continue to carry the virus.

BISD health professionals, with the assistance of the Brazos County Health Department, will continue to monitor the situation closely, and take additional steps as needed according to CDC guidelines.