A case of monkeypox has been identified in the Boston Public Schools community

                Health and school leaders are notifying families about a case of chickenpox diagnosed in an "adult member" of the Boston Public School District community.  Officials said the affected school building was disinfected over the weekend.  The statements sent to the families and released to NewsCenter 5 did not identify the school where the infected person worked or their position.  The district stated, "If you did not receive an individual call or specific school communication, your school community will not be affected."  Officials said the infected person will be isolated until it is safe to be in public again.  "There was a case identified in an adult at one of our schools and contact tracing has been done. There has been limited exposure and everyone who has needed resources and vaccines is being contacted and this is it's providing an abundance of caution," Mayor Michelle Wu said Monday morning.  "The health and well-being of our students and staff is our highest priority," the school district said in a statement.  "We are following the guidelines provided by local, state and federal health officials and actively working with our partners at the Boston Public Health Commission. We remain deeply committed to transparency and are taking all necessary precautions."  Although the virus does not spread easily.  between people, people can spread the infection once they develop symptoms.  Transmission occurs through direct contact with body fluids and monkeypox ulcers, by touching items that have been contaminated with fluids or sores (clothing, bedding, etc.), or, less commonly, through droplets respiratory after prolonged face-to-face contact.  A staff member working with monkeypox would not be expected to lead to transmission within a school," said Dr. Shira Doron, an epidemiologist at Tufts Medical Center. Early symptoms of monkeypox can include fever, headache, sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes, but a rash may be the first symptom. Rash lesions start out flat, raise, fill with clear fluid (vesicles), and then turn into pustules (they fill with pus). A person with monkeypox may have many lesions or may have only a few. Anyone who thinks they may have monkeypox should self-isolate, but if they must leave their home, they should a mask and cover the rash or lesions when around other people People who live with or care for someone who may have monkeypox should wear a mask and disposable gloves if they need to have direct contact with injuries and when they handle clothes or bedding if the person cannot fe  do it herself  You should also wash your hands regularly, especially after contact with the infected person or with their clothes, sheets, towels and other objects or surfaces they have touched.  Full Statement Sent to BPS Families: Dear BPS Families, The health and well-being of our students and staff is a top priority.  With that in mind, we wanted to share with you an important update that the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) informed us that an adult member of our BPS community has been diagnosed with monkey pox.  We have worked closely with the BPHC and the person affected.  identify and notify exposed persons.  We have also worked closely with the affected school community to share this information.  If you have not received an individual call or specific school communication, your school community will not be affected.  We share this information in accordance with our commitment to transparency and educational awareness.  Overall, the risk of transmission of monkeypox in the community remains very low.  Although it can be hard to process, especially after the last few years of school, we want you to know that we are here for you.  We assure you that we are doing everything we can to ensure the health and safety of all our schools.  More information about monkey pox can be found on the Boston City Council website.  As recommended by the BPHC, the infected person will stay at home (isolate) until it is safe to be around others.  BPHC will offer vaccines to those we have identified as exposed contacts.  Exposed contacts may continue their normal activities as long as they do not have symptoms compatible with monkeypox.  This weekend we cleaned and disinfected the entire affected school building as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  We will continue to keep you updated.  Thank you for your continued partnership in making all our schools healthy, safe and welcoming places for all our students and staff.
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                <strong class="dateline">BOSTON -</strong>                                          <p>Health and school leaders are notifying families about a case of chickenpox diagnosed in an "adult member" of the Boston Public School District community. 

Officials said the affected school building was disinfected over the weekend. The statements sent to the families and released to NewsCenter 5 did not identify the school where the infected person worked or their position.

The district stated, “If you have not received an individual call or specific school communication, your school community will not be affected.”

Officials said the infected individual will be isolated until it is safe to be in public again.

“There was a case identified in an adult at one of our schools and contact tracing has been done. There has been limited exposure and everyone who has needed resources and vaccines is being contacted and this is it’s providing an abundance of caution,” Mayor Michelle Wu said Monday morning.

“The health and well-being of our students and staff is our highest priority,” the school district said in a statement. “We are following the guidelines provided by local, state and federal health officials and actively working with our partners at the Boston Public Health Commission. We remain deeply committed to transparency and take all necessary precautions.”

Although the virus does not spread easily between people, people can spread the infection once they develop symptoms. Transmission occurs through direct contact with body fluids and smallpox ulcers, by touching items that have been contaminated with fluids or sores (clothing, bedding, etc.), or less frequently, through respiratory droplets after a prolonged face-to-face contact.

“A staff member working with monkeypox would not be expected to lead to transmission within a school,” said Dr. Shira Doron, an epidemiologist at Tufts Medical Center.

Early symptoms of monkeypox may include fever, headache, sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes, but a rash may be the first symptom. Rash lesions start out flat, raise, fill with clear fluid (vesicles), and then turn into pustules (fill with pus). A person with monkeypox may have many lesions or may have only a few.

Anyone who thinks they may have chicken pox should self-isolate, but if they must leave the house, they should wear a mask and cover the rash or sores when around other people.

People living with or caring for someone who may have monkeypox should wear a mask and disposable gloves if they need to have direct contact with lesions and when handling clothing or bedding if the person is unable to do so themselves same. You should also wash your hands regularly, especially after contact with the infected person or with their clothes, sheets, towels and other objects or surfaces they have touched.


Complete statement sent to BPS families:

Dear BPS families,

The health and well-being of our students and staff is a priority. With that in mind, we wanted to share with you an important update that the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) informed us that an adult member of our BPS community has been diagnosed with monkey pox.

We have worked closely with the BPHC and the affected person to identify and notify those exposed. We have also worked closely with the affected school community to share this information.

If you have not received an individual call or specific school communication, your school community will not be affected. We share this information in accordance with our commitment to transparency and educational awareness.

Overall, the risk of transmission of monkeypox in the community remains very low.

Although it can be hard to process, especially after the last few years of school, we want you to know that we are here for you. We assure you that we are doing everything we can to ensure the health and safety of all our schools.

More information about monkeypox can be found on the City of Boston website.

As recommended by the BPHC, the infected person will stay at home (isolation) until it is safe to be around other people. BPHC will offer vaccines to those we have identified as exposed contacts. Exposed contacts may continue their normal activities as long as they do not have symptoms compatible with monkeypox.

This weekend we cleaned and disinfected the entire affected school building as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We will continue to keep you informed. Thank you for your continued partnership in making all our schools healthy, safe and welcoming places for all our students and staff.

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