I’m missing something here: NJ school closed due to staff with C. difficile?

According to NBC 10, Perth Amboy’s William McGinnis Middle School is closed for cleaning and sanitizing as a staff member was found to have C. difficile.

Perth Amboy’s William McGinnis Middle School remains closed while it undergoes an extensive cleaning after an adult who works there was diagnosed with a germ that causes infectious diarrhea.LP_img_ClosedSchool

The school was closed as a precaution on Friday after the woman was sent home on Thursday. The district says she has an intestinal bacillus known as clostridium difficile.

The district did not release her name or say what her job is.

The district says it has hired a company to completely disinfect the school and classes are scheduled to resume on Thursday.

Closing a school for C. difficile is a new one to me.

Maybe they mean norovirus, I dunno.

In a 2009 review of C. difficile infections, Rupnik, Wilcox and Gerding suggest that the pathogen is out there (environmentally and in food) but risk factors for acquiring the pathogen include the use of antibiotics and hospital stays. Not going to a school where someone has the bug.

Hospitalization is a risk because it brings together multiple major [C. difficile infection]  CDI risks, including exposure to antibiotics, a spore-contaminated environment, inadequate hand hygiene by health care workers and a highly susceptible elderly population of patients

Possible community sources for CDI include soil, water, pets, animals used for food, meats and vegetables. There is no conclusive evidence that C. difficile contamination of food has led to clinical CDI in humans.

I wonder if they will be using hydrogen peroxide to disinfect (it’s not too common outside of healthcare).

Georgia school closed due to viral outbreak

A Newton County elementary school closed Friday because of a virus outbreak.

OAK HILL copyNewton County School officials say the large number of students at Oak Hill Elementary School have shown symptoms of gastroenteritis.

The health department recommended closing the school, cleaning it thoroughly and monitoring students who have become ill.

Symptoms of the virus include diarrhea and vomiting. The health department says the symptoms usually develop 24-48 hours after exposure. Most people get better in one to 10 days without medication.

Parents received letters about the closure Thursday night.

Channel 2’s Amy Napier Viteri spoke to one parent who said she picked up her child early and she saw several sick kids at the school.

Marie Cruse said the school sent her daughter, Anzlee Mandrona home early when she wasn’t feeling well after lunch.

“They went ahead and sent her home for precautionary measures, which was fine because we understand. We’d rather be safe than sorry,” Cruse said. “It’s a really bad virus it lasts anywhere from 1 to 10 days.”