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ETHS Student Diagnosed with Bacterial Infection

The school has sent out an alert to parents.

Evanston Township High School sent out an alert to parents recently to inform them that student has been diagnosed with a bacterial infection that can be easily spread through nose and mouth secretions.

"The signs and symptoms of this infection include sudden onset of high fever, headache, vomiting, stiff neck and a rash. Sensitivity to light, sleepiness and confusion may also occur," read a statement about the infection.

"The symptoms may develop rapidly, sometimes in a matter of hours, but usually over the course of 1-2 days after exposure. As stated above, this infection is spread by direct contact with respiratory and oral secretions (saliva, sputum or nasal mucus) of an infected person."

The Evanston Health Department is working with the school to prevent the spread of the illness to people who have been in close contact with the infected student, the letter said. All people who have been in close contact with the student have been personally notified.

The school said it sent out the alert as a precaution.

Concerned May 04, 2011 at 02:20 AM
Interesting that they don't specify the type of "bacterial infection." If it was important enough to get the Health Department involved, and post the notice, then it must be serious.
John C Thomson May 04, 2011 at 01:35 PM
I agree with the above "Concerned" While I'm sure they're not wanting everyone to get overly alarmed, If they are contacting every persons parent, how many thousands of students do we have here, then I'm guessing meningitis. MRSA doesn't carry all the side effects mentioned in the article. If we carry this just one step farther, if I'm a coach of another highschool team and we're playing Evanston I want to know what the illness is.
Lora Swanson May 04, 2011 at 05:02 PM
My son attends ETHS and we have not received any information from the school as yet. I wouldn't even know about this if I didn't subscribe to Patch!
Julie Carroll Irving May 04, 2011 at 06:06 PM
Meningitis?
JoDe Dietsch May 04, 2011 at 06:39 PM
Yes, I noticed that Elephant standing there too.
Adrienne Tsme May 04, 2011 at 08:47 PM
Childhood vaccinations are a good way to protect your student from this sort of thing: http://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/about/faq.html. My kids are immunized, so I'm not chewing my nails.
Sonja May 05, 2011 at 03:15 AM
WHERE IS EVANSTON, IN WHAT STATE?
Sonja May 05, 2011 at 03:17 AM
I live in Colorado, don't know why I received this ?? Now I want to know where Evanston is.
Lora Swanson May 05, 2011 at 03:21 AM
This is in Evanston, IL. No worries for you!
John C Thomson May 05, 2011 at 03:48 AM
Sonja, there is Evanston, Wyoming. It is named after the same John Evans that Evanston, Illinois is named after. We are a town with very high moral standards. the Mayor would like you to know that.
JoDe Dietsch May 05, 2011 at 04:39 PM
Check with the Patch, it could be an a bug in their system.

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