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Student Diagnosed with Enterovirus; Southampton Elementary Will Be Closed Wednesday

After learning a Southampton Elementary School student has been diagnosed with enterovirus, school district officials have decided to keep the school closed Wednesday. However, this strain of enterovirus is not the severe and sometimes fatal strain enterovirus D68 that has been infecting children nationwide.

The infected student is currently out of school and seeking treatment,” Superintendent of Schools Scott Farina stated in a message on the district website. “According to the Center for Disease Control website, every year, millions of children in the United States catch enteroviruses that can cause coughing, sneezing and fever.”

To prevent the spread of the virus, the school building will be thoroughly disinfected Wednesday by a professional cleaning company and an antibacterial product will be applied to surfaces.

Farina wrote that the school will reopen Thursday.

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