Flushing school districts warns of bacterial infection

Springview Elementary

Parents at Spring View Elementary school are keeping a watchful eye on their students after a child gets a severe bacterial infection.

â??I am concerned, I have other children in this community also,â?? says parent Lashawn Hester.

Several parents picked up their children Friday afternoon, some headed straight to the doctor's office.

â??I just want to make sure that he's okay,â?? says Tameka Bowles. â??I'm going to take him to the doctor right now,â?? adds Bowles. Her son is in the first grade.

The infected student is recovering at a local hospital.

â??We don't think that's it the type of bacterial disease that requires prophylactic treatment but we're following the case very closely,â?? says Mark Valacek, director of the Genesee County Health Department.

District officials are telling parents to get their kids checked out if they're showing symptoms of a sore throat, fever, headache or a swollen neck.

â??These are some more severe symptoms then just the regular flu, in that case you're going to want to talk to your doctor,â?? adds Valacek.

â??Itâ??s not really the school's fault but I just think parents need to be more cautious because there are other kids involved,â?? says Bowles.

â??Iâ??m sure they're keeping tabs on everything,â?? says Hester. â??They usually do on everything else so it's just our job as parents to make sure we're watching our own children as well,â?? she adds.