Hepatitis A threatens Robertson County high school
May 25, 2012 04:13 PM
Reported By Jamey Tucker, Video Journalist - bio | email
GREENBRIER, Tenn. -
At least three cases of Hepatitis A have been reported in Greenbrier High School in Robertson County.
The Tennessee health department believes there may be more cases at the school, but does not believe there will be a wider outbreak.
A school wide vaccination was held Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
"Many kids were using the same bathroom and things, so we have just decided to be aggressive and err on the side of safety and vaccinate the whole school," state epidemiologist Dr. Tim Jones.
Principal Steve Sorrels added, "We've looked to try to calm the fears and make sure the factual information is provided, so everyone could be calm based on what the facts are."
Hepatitis A symptoms, which can take up to two weeks to develop, include nausea, vomiting, fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, diarrhea and yellowing of the skin and eyes.
Health officials said those not associated with the school should not be concerned about contracting the disease.
"People with direct contact with someone's who ill, it's easily transmitted. People who are just in casual contact, being in the same room, things like that, have absolutely nothing to worry about," Dr. Jones said.