Herpes Outbreak Shuts Down Catholic High School
CBS) JERSEY CITY School officialís shut down Saint Peterís Prep High School in Jersey City days before the originally scheduled holiday break, because of a herpes outbreak.
CBS 2 has learned that five members of the high schoolís wrestling team were diagnosed with herpes simplex virus type I -- a form of herpes that is transmitted when skin comes into contact with open lesions.
According to The Jersey Journal, officials say a 15-year-old Saint Peterís Prep wrestler had skin lesions and fever days after a Nov. 30 scrimmage with wrestlers from Nutley and Livingston High Schools.
He was sent to Meadowlands Hospital, where he was diagnosed with the virus. Health officials say the simplex virus type 1 form of herpes has nothing to do with the herpes simplex virus type II, which is communicated through sexual contact.
When three other wrestlers showed signs of having the virus, the teamís practices and matches were canceled.
On Saturday, 40 members of the team were tested, and 38 were cleared, but two were sent for further testing, officials said.
One of those two was diagnosed with having the virus, and the other went on anti-viral medication as a precautionary measure.
School officials decided to close down the entire all-boys private school over the weekend, shutting it down Monday afternoon.
ďWe may be overreacting to what is a minor infection involving a small number of students,Ē said James Horan, the St. Peterís Prepís vice president for planning and external affairs. ďBut we felt it was the prudent move and to eliminate the possibility of spreading the virus.Ē
Workers spent yesterday disinfecting all the areas of the school used by the wrestling team, including lockers, showers, and the practice room, officials said.
The school is scheduled to re-open on January 3.
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