Skin Rash Affects Nearly A Dozen Valley Springs Elementary School Students

Skin Rash Affects Nearly A Dozen Valley Springs Elementary School Students 

A blistering skin rash that affected nearly a dozen Valley Springs Elementary School students last week still has health officials stumped.  Dr. Dean Kelaita, Calaveras County’s health officer said he had been informed by a Valley Springs Elementary School nurse that six to eight students last week had developed a rash featuring facial swelling and raised, irritated bumps on the skin.  Each of the students were seen by a medical professional and, though it wasn’t clear what had caused the rash, the conclusion was that they had developed an allergic reaction to some environmental condition.   Kelaita says using information from the Valley Springs nurse and the medical professionals, County Public Health staff ruled out a contagious viral rash such as chicken pox, measles or hand, foot and mouth disease.  Additionally, none of the symptoms appeared to correspond to bacterial skin infections such as scarlet fever or impetigo.  While Health Officials don't know exactly what's causing it, Kelaita says it's nothing worrisome.  And since the rashes cleared up quick with common medicine...It's probably some sort of common irritant.  Kelaita added that throughout the investigation into the cause of the rash, they have no evidence and no signs this is a contagious disease.

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