Two Jurupa Valley Students Suspected of Having Leprosy

Last week, a doctor diagnosed the condition of two Jurupa Unified School District students as leprosy. However, the doctor is awaiting confirmation from the National Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy) Program lab in Baton Rouge after sending skin lesion samples. And that could take several weeks. It’s expected that the children could face at minimum a full year of antibiotics.

As a precaution, the Press-Enterprise reports the school has already begun sanitizing classrooms.  A letter was sent home to all Indian Hills Elementary parents on Friday, Sept. 2 letting them know of the peculiar case, leading to about 1 in 6 students staying home from school on Tuesday.

Because of HIPAA laws, details of the case are limited. However, leprosy is extremely rare, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is believed that about 95 percent of people are immune to the disease.

Read more at the Press-Enterprise.