JURUPA (CBSLA.com) — Authorities say laboratory findings confirmed a leprosy diagnosis in a Jurupa Valley child.

Parents were notified of the initial diagnosis earlier this month, after district officials received an unconfirmed report of two students at Indian Hills Elementary School contracting Hansen’s disease, more popularly known as leprosy.

The National Hansen’s Disease Laboratory Research Program in Baton Rouge, La., confirmed the diagnosis, according to the Riverside University Health System.

While a second child was suspected of having the illness, there is no indication at this time that the youngster was infected, Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser said in a statement.

“None of our recommendations to the school or parents have changed,” Kaiser said. “It is incredibly difficult to contract leprosy. The school was safe before this case arose and it still is.”

News of the diagnosis led to parents refusing to send their children to school. Public health officials say Hansen’s disease is transmitted through prolonged contact, and that over 95 percent of the population already is naturally immune.

Jurupa Valley Unified School District officials say the classrooms at Indian Hills Elementary School have been decontaminated.

Comments (19)
  1. maria parker says:

    The child can attend school because the child is fully vaccinated. Yet non and s/d vaxed children who are healthy cannot attend school.

    So if you have an immuno-compromised child do you feel safe send your child to school where children may attend and still have leprosy, HIV and Hep B?

    Think about it.

    1. GROWAPAIR says:

      From the CDC website:
      The disease was once feared as a highly contagious and devastating disease. Now, however, the disease is very rare and easily treated. Early diagnosis and treatment usually prevent disability related to the disease.

      After I think about it, how about you chicken asshats crawling under rocks and staying there since the world is such a dangerous place. It would certainly cut down on resources being wasted.

  2. Moffit says:

    The CDC’s own website said it is spread through secretions, like coughing or blowing a nose.

    The parents are right to keep their children home. HIV is not spread through such contact. Not sure of Heb B.

    1. GROWAPAIR says:

      As soon as patients start treatment, however, they are no longer able to spread the disease … Asshat

  3. Carol says:

    Should check family members for similar condition. Leprosy is slow to develop and resides deep in tissues, similar to tuberculosis.

  4. Jim Dunham says:

    Sounds like a third world country disease. We need to know how this child got it and whether it has anything to do with our government’s incompetent immigration procedures and policies.

    1. Jim Dunham says:

      In 2015 there were 14 countries reporting more than 1,000 new cases of leprosy. These were Bangladesh, Brazil, DR Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Tanzania.

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