November 2, 2016
Dear Parent or Guardian:
This letter is to inform you of a case of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) that has occurred in Era ISD. Since your child may have been exposed to STEC, it is important to read the information and recommendations below to help stop its spread.
STEC is found in the feces of infected animals or people and is spread either by ingesting the bacteria from contaminated food, water or objects, or by direct contact with the feces of an infected person. When a person has signs or symptoms, they are more likely to spread the bacteria but may spread the bacteria for several weeks after symptoms resolve.
Symptoms begin 1 to 8 days after ingesting the bacteria and include diarrhea (with or without blood), cramping, nausea, and vomiting. Fever is often absent or low grade. It can also cause dehydration and complications involving other organs.
- Use proper hygiene in household, daycare facilities, and other settings
- Carefully wash hands before and after changing diapers, using the toilet, eating, and having contact with animals
- Disinfect surfaces such as doorknobs, countertops, and other high-touch items frequently
- Exclude children and staff with any of these symptoms (diarrhea, vomiting) from school/child care/public activities
- Children may return 24 hours after symptoms resolve without the use of medication to treat them
- Persons with diarrhea and/or vomiting should be evaluated by their healthcare provider for diagnosis and treatment
Thank you for your assistance in following the recommendations to prevent the spread of STEC. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact The Texas Department of State Health Services at: 817-822-6786.
Phone: 940-665-5961 Ext:225
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