October 17, 2007
The incident in Bedford County has many parents asking what local schools are doing to keep students safe.
School is typically a place where many young, fairly healthy people come in contact with both each other and germs.
"Athletes playing on sports teams, children in daycare centers those are groups of people that tend to have closer physical contact than average," said Dr. Keri Hall with UVA's Department of Infectious Diseases.
Which is why administrators at Albemarle County Public Schools came together Wednesday morning to discuss how to keep schools as clean as possible.
"What we agreed to do was to take a few extra measures in addition to the areas that we already disinfect daily including clinics and rest rooms and locker rooms," said Dr. Diane Behrens, with the county school system, "We agreed that daily we are going to disinfect door knobs, door-handles, and high touch areas just to take that extra precaution."
Health experts say the most important thing is to maintain good hygiene, like hand-washing but add the real education begins at home.
Dr. Hall says, "If you have a child or if you play on a sports team, after practice or after the games, immediately showering makes very good sense and not sharing things like towels, and wash clothes, lotions, creams and soaps."
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