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SCHOOL SENDS SCARLET FEVER NOTICE HOME.

Byline: Erik N. Nelson Staff Writer

RESEDA - Vanalden Elementary School sent home notices with kindergartners this week warning their children may have been exposed to scarlet fever, but school and health officials said Thursday there is no cause for alarm.

Los Angeles Unified School District and Los Angeles County health officials said scarlet fever is simply a systemic version of common strep throat.

Once a child with scarlet fever is on antibiotics for 24 hours, the child is no longer contagious and can return to school, said Dr. Nandini Sodhi, the county Department of Health Services' San Fernando Valley area medical director.

Sodhi said the department sent a public health nurse to the school to investigate on Thursday, but it appears that only two children were actually infected, and a teacher at the school was reported to have the illness but her case had not been confirmed with a throat culture.

School health authorities automatically send notices to parents of potentially exposed children when more than one child contracts scarlet fever within the disease's incubation period, which ranges between one and three days, said Karen Maiorca, the school district's nursing director.
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