9659004] Bright Beginnings day care center sent a letter home to parents on Wednesday and urged parents to take precautions after employees had entered epiglottis, Omaha’s WOWT television reported.
According to the Mayo Clinic, epiglottitis is a rare and potentially life-threatening infection that causes epiglottis to swell and block airflow to the trachea. It is usually caused by Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) and can be spread by coughing or sneezing.
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Day care operators considered closing the facility for a few days but finally decided against it.
“In the light of this information, we had found that closing the middle for the rest of the week to do a thorough cleaning but after careful consideration we have decided that this would cause a tremendous pain to our families and will not do so,” the letter that WOWT read.
“We will take time today and in the next few days to deepen as much as we can while we care for the children.”
The letter continued to ask parents to make new arrangements for children who have not been immunized against Hib.
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Hib vaccinations in infants have made contra-epiglottitis rare but the guardian who entered the infection was vaccinated according to the letter.
A new application to limit parental ability to claim vaccine exemption comes when an outbreak has afflicted more than 50 people in the Pacific. 19659005] The Associated Press contributed to this report.