Central District Health was notified today that plague (Yersinia pestis) was found in ground squirrels near the 3rd grade field trip location. While it is no likely that your student was exposed to the virus, it is important for you to be aware of possible exposure. It is uncommon for people and pets to become infected with plague but immediate attention is needed if your child becomes ill.
How is plague transmitted?
Plague is usually passed to humans and animals through the bites of infected fleas. It also can be transmitted by direct contact with infected animals, including rodents, rabbits and pets. Children should not handle dead animals and should never touch wild animals.
Ground squirrel dieoffs have been detected this spring south of Boise to the Snake River and Kuna to Mountain Home, which is creating possible exposure situations.
What should you do?
Watch your child for sudden onset of fever, chills, headache, and weakness through Tuesday, May 26th, as the incubation period is 1 to 7 days. In most cases there is a painful swelling of the lymph node in the groin, armpit or neck areas. If your child has any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical care. With prompt diagnosis and appropriate antibiotic treatment, most people recover. Physicians who suspect plague should promptly report it to the Department of Health.
Where can I find out more?
Call Central District Health Department’s (CDHD) Communicable Disease Program (3278625), ask your healthcare provider or visit www.cdc.gov/plague/. See http://cdhd.idaho.gov for a map of the affected area.
For more information, please see the Letter sent home to parents Here.
The Kuna School District Child Nutrition Program is contacting families who may have a balance in their school lunch account. Parents and guardians of Kuna seniors may choose to have their balance refunded or transferred to a sibling's account. Parents are encouraged to check their school lunch balances through the My School Bucks (https://www.myschoolbucks.com/) system or may call the Child Nutrition office at 922-1101.