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Old 03-06-2017, 03:39 PM
 
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Does anyone know if you can can catch the molestum virus from grading papers? I have a student in my class that has this all over both of his arms and behind his knees. I know it is transmitted by skin to skin contact, but the child has been scratching the lesions. It can also be spread by touching objects with the virus on them, such as clothing, towels, and bedding. Please give me any information you may have. Thanks


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If it's contagious, why is child in school? Or is it a life long issue that will never go away?
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I don't know either
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but think I'd err on the side of caution in any case.

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It can also be spread by touching objects with the virus on them, such as clothing, towels, and bedding.
This makes me think that paper would be contagious as well. Fibers are fibers...those fibers are just sturdier versions of paper fibers. I would bag all of his things separately and use gloves or something.
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We cannot send them home because this virus can last from 4 months - 2 years. We have about 10 children in our school with this virus including the assistant principal's child. I teach at a private school with about 315.
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I would call the local health department or your family doctor to find out about this specifically. In the public school system there are school nurses that could help out, too. My old private school had a parent who was a NP that helped us out with issues such as these. Good luck!


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