Sheridan County School District #2 was notified by the state epidemiologist late afternoon yesterday that it may have received a shipment of frozen strawberries from Sysco Foods that were possibly affected by Hepatitis A. This is part of a nationwide recall. We immediately checked our lot numbers and verified that we received some of the strawberries in question. There is nothing more important to us than the health and safety of our students and staff, and we have been working closely with the state health department, Sheridan County Public Health and our county health officer, Dr. Hunter, to gather additional details.
Coffeen Elementary, Highland Park Elementary, Sagebrush Elementary, Sheridan Junior High and Sheridan High School served these strawberries on their salad bar October 25, 28, 31 and November 1. We have a list of students and adults who ate school lunch on those dates. However, out of an abundance of caution, we are notifying all students and staff from these schools.
Fortunately, Sheridan’s pediatricians have been administering the Hepatitis A vaccination for children, starting at year one, for the last decade. This vaccination series is protective for a lifetime. For students and staff who have not been vaccinated, it’s important to know that most patients affected by Hepatitis A have relatively mild symptoms. However, some may experience more serious affects. For those students and staff who have not been vaccinated and are exhibiting the following symptoms, they should contact their doctor right away. The attached letter has additional recommendations from the Wyoming Department of Health.
Hepatitis A Symptoms:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal pain or discomfort, especially in the area of your liver on your right side beneath your lower ribs
- Clay-colored bowel movements
- Low-grade fever
- Dark urine
- Joint pain
- Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
Our local health department has confirmed that there are Hepatitis A vaccines available in Sheridan County, and more can be procured quickly if needed. For more information, contact Sheridan County Public Health at 307.672.5169 or Tiffany Lupcho at the Wyoming Department of Health at 307.777.7007. Our school nurses will also be available again starting Monday, Nov. 7.