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Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are a nuisance, but their bites are not known to spread disease. Bed bugs are usually active at night and feed on human blood. The bite does not hurt at first, but may become swollen and itch, much like a mosquito bite.

The source of bed bugs often cannot be determined, as bed bugs may be found in many places including hotels, planes and movie theaters.

About Bed Bugs

For more information on bed bugs, please visit the Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force's Web site at: www.centralohiobedbugs.org.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Thank you for partnering with the South-Western City School District to help keep our students and staff members safe and healthy.

Keep children at home if they exhibit any of these COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Fever of 100.4°F or higher
  • New or worsening cough
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • New-onset severe headache

*For children with chronic medical conditions (such as allergies, asthma, or migraine), symptoms should represent a change from their usual health status.

*If you think your child has a medical emergency or life-threatening condition, always call 911 immediately.

*Children without any of the symptoms listed above who have non-specific symptoms such as congestion, runny nose, fatigue or body aches should be kept at home if their care giver suspects their child may have an infection.

Ebola Resources

The health and safety of our students is always a top priority in the South-Western City School District. When issues of concern are brought to our attention, we feel it is important to share that information with our families, staff and community.

Up-to-date Ebola Information
CDC -  http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html
Ohio Department of Health - https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/ebola/index.html
Franklin County Public Health - https://www.myfcph.org/

The Ohio Department of Health has activated a 24-hour call center to accurately answer Ohioans' questions about Ebola and the recent events in Ohio. The number is 1-866-800-1404.

Ebola Infographic - What you need to know
Ebola Fact Sheet - Franklin County Public Health

Below are the answers to some frequently asked questions regarding Ebola as well as some additional resources for information:

What is Ebola?
Ebola is found in several African countries. It is a rare and potentially fatal disease caused by infection with a virus of the family Filoviridae, genus Ebolavirus.

How is Ebola spread?
Individuals are not considered to be contagious until symptoms appear. The virus can be spread through direct contact with blood or body fluids. It is not an airborne disease.

What are the signs and symptoms of Ebola?
A person infected with Ebola is not believed to be contagious until symptoms appear. Signs and symptoms of Ebola typically include: fever (greater 101.5), severe headache, muscle pain, weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain and unexplained bleeding or bruising. Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2-21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is 8-10 days.

Risk of Exposure
In an outbreak, those at the highest risk include healthcare workers and family/friends of a person infected with Ebola.

Prevention
  • Always wash your hands with soap and water
  • Always cook your food properly
  • Go to a health care facility when you have a severe headache, fever, pain, diarrhea, red eyes, rash and vomiting

Enterovirus D68

Every year, millions of children in the United States catch enteroviruses that can cause coughing, sneezing and fever. This year, the enterovirus that is most commonly causing respiratory illness in children across the country is enterovisur-D68 (EV-D68). Below are some resources to help keep your child from getting and spreading EV-D68.

What Parents Need to Know about Enterovirus D68     English     Spanish

General Questions and Answers for the Public

Influenza (Flu)

  • Flu vaccine comes as an injection, nasal spray and intra-dermal. Talk to your healthcare provider about which is best for you and your family and check where these types of vaccines are offered.

  • You cannot get the flu from the flu vaccine.

  • The flu vaccine is safe. Over the years, hundreds of millions of Americans have received seasonal flu vaccines. More about vaccine safety.

  • Flu vaccines are offered in many locations, including doctor's offices, clinics, health departments, pharmacies, college health centers, and some employers and schools.

Questions and answers about this flu season (CDC)

Local Flu Vaccine Sites for Adults
Adult Flu Clinic Calendar - Vaccine4me.com
Columbus Public Health
Franklin County Public Health

Local Flu Vaccine Sites for Children
  • Check with your pediatrician or family doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacy, some offer vaccines for children over a certain age.

Columbus Public Health
Franklin County Public Health

Mumps

Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health have asked school districts in the Central Ohio area to share informational letters and frequently asked questions about the mumps with families. Please click on the links below to read the informational letters.

Mumps Fact Sheet - Columbus Public Health
Mumps Letter and FAQs - English
Mumps Letter and FAQs - Spanish
Mumps Information - CDC

Tuberculosis

All students who have entered the United States from a foreign country in the past twelve (12) months must show evidence of a tuberculosis skin test prior to school enrollment.  If the tuberculosis skin test is positive, proof of a negative chest X-Ray is required before the student can attend classes.

For further information or clinic dates and times, please contact the Columbus Public Health TB Clinic (614) 645-2199, or check their Web site here.