Keller ISD: Monkeypox case reported at Central High School

Keller ISD says crews are sanitizing Central High School as a precaution after a “member of the community” was diagnosed with the viral disease.

KELLER, Texas — A person has tested positive for monkeypox in Keller Independent School District, officials confirmed Friday.

Keller ISD says crews are sanitizing Central High School as a precaution after a “member of the community” was diagnosed with the viral disease.

“We cannot identify the individual, but we have communicated the case to our families and staff, as required by Tarrant County Public Health,” the district said in a statement to WFAA. “We are in contact with local health officials and have been reassured that the risk of spread in schools is currently low.”

The Tarrant County Public Health Epidemiology Division reiterated that statement and said the monkeypox case is currently under investigation.

According to health officials, there have been more than 1,400 monkeypox cases reported across Texas — including 642 in North Texas.

Health officials say anyone with symptoms should not go to school or work until checking with health professionals to make sure it’s safe to return.

RELATED: How do you get a monkeypox vaccine in Texas?

Monkeypox symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • muscle aches
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
  • Exhaustion
  • Rash that looks like pimples or blisters; the rash often appears first on the face and/or inside the mouth and then on other parts of the body.

There are ways to protect yourself against monkeypox, according to the CDC, including the following:

  • Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox (can initially look like pimples or blisters and may be painful or itchy.
  • Do not touch the rash or scabs of a person with monkeypox.
  • Do not kiss, hug, cuddle or have sex with someone with monkeypox.
  • Avoid contact with objects and materials that a person with monkeypox has used.
  • Do not share eating utensils or cups with a person with monkeypox.
  • Do not handle or touch the bedding, towels, or clothing of a person with monkeypox.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially before eating or touching your face and after you use the bathroom.

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