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School Health Services

The Mesquite ISD provides registered school nurses at each campus. School nursing is a registered nursing specialty that involves identification, assessment, prevention and intervention to remedy or modify students' health needs. The nurse's goal is to promote the optimum health of students and the students' abilities to achieve their educational goals.

Each nurse monitors required immunizations, mandated health screenings and maintains communications with parents as needed.

Pertussis Infection on the Rise

North Texas communities have been experiencing increasing rates of pertussis infection (also known as whooping cough) since 2011. Pertussis is an infection that affects the airways and is easily spread from person to person by coughing or sneezing. It is associated with a severe cough can last for weeks or months, sometimes leading to coughing fits and/or vomiting. Anyone can get pertussis, but it can be very dangerous for infants and young children as well as people with weakened immune systems.

Pertussis symptoms begin with a runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, and a mild cough. In infants less than a year old, there may be a pause in breathing. Coughing begins after a week or two and can be severe. Infected persons can spread the disease from onset of cold-like symptoms to at least two weeks after coughing begins.

If your child has allergy or cold like symptoms for several days followed by chronic coughing or fits of coughing, contact your primary healthcare provider.

If your child is diagnosed with pertussis, contact the school nurse.

More information about pertussis is available at: http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/about/index.html.

West Nile Virus Precautions in Place, Prevention Tips

Dallas County has issued an advisory regarding the West Nile Virus, so here are some precautions in place at Mesquite ISD and prevention tips for your family's safety.

West Nile Virus is a disease spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitos become infected when they bite infected birds then pass the virus to humans and animals. Most people infected with the virus have no symptoms. The disease can vary in severity with symptoms ranging from mild fever, headache and muscle aches to severe with neurologic complications such as encephalitis. People over 50 have the highest risk of severe disease.

Mesquite ISD is monitoring reports of West Nile Virus found in mosquitos trapped within MISD boundaries. The district is taking steps to maintain safety on MISD campuses and facilities by ensuring that standing pools of water are drained or treated. Physical Education teachers are watching for swarms of mosquitos andwill take classes indoors if needed.

For your family’s safety, consider the following:

  • Avoid the outdoors at dawn and dusk or wear long, loose, light-colored clothing at dawn and dusk
  • Drain all areas of standing water around your house and yard
  • Change water in wading pools, pet dishes and birdbaths several times a week
  • Keep pools clean
  • Cut unnecessary plant growth back
  • Cover containers that might collect water
  • Use insect repellants that contain DEET or other EPA-approved insect repellant

For best coverage for your child, please do not send mosquito sprays or repellants to school with your child but apply these products before he/she leaves for school, especially if your child walks or waits for a bus.

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2013 North Texas Measles Alert

The Department of State Health Services has issued a measles alert for North Texas.  Measles is a vaccine preventable viral disease spread through respiratory droplets that are inhaled when the infected person coughs or sneezes.  It is also spread by touching contaminated surfaces then placing hands or fingers in the mouth or nose.  The virus lives on surfaces up to two hours and is so contagious that unvaccinated or otherwise non-immune persons have a 90 percent chance of becoming infected after coming in contact with the measles virus.  Measles may be transmitted by an infected person four days before and four days after the rash appears.  Students diagnosed with measles must be excluded from school for four days after onset of the rash.

Measles symptoms occur 7-14 days after initial exposure and infection.  Symptoms generally begin with fever over 101˚, cough, runny nose, red eyes and sore throat, then progress over three-five days to include a blotchy rash that starts at the hairline and moves down the body. After two-three days, tiny white spots with bluish-white centers may appear inside the mouth.

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