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TEXAS: Health Officials Confirm Hepatitis A Case at Grapevine School


Fort Worth Star-Telegram (04.18.12) - Wednesday, April 18,

The Tarrant County Health Department and school officials have confirmed that a student at Cross Timbers Middle School in Grapevine has hepatitis A. "We don't believe the infection happened in school, but we sent a letter home Friday to parents," said Megan Overman, a school spokesperson. The letter went out as soon as the diagnosis was confirmed. On Tuesday, Vanassa Joseph of TCHD said the initial student and close companions all have been vaccinated, and the case is not considered infectious. TCHD and the school district are working together to ensure that proper hygiene procedures are being observed to minimize any further risk. Joseph said the county sees 18-25 new hepatitis A cases a year.


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