Parents at Division Avenue High School in Levittown have been alerted by the principal that a student there has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to a letter posted on the school’s website this week.
A Nassau County Department of Health spokeswoman said Friday that an investigation showed the student contracted the disease while outside of the country.
The letter from the high school’s principal, John Coscia, stated that “school exposure generally does not pose an appreciable risk of infection. . . . If your child should become ill with symptoms of Hepatitis A you should contact his or her physician immediately.”
The district sent an alert to parents and posted the letter to its website Monday soon after school officials were contacted by the health department about the diagnosis.
Symptoms of hepatitis A may range from mild to severe and include an abrupt onset of fever, fatigue, poor appetite, nausea, stomach pain, dark-colored urine and jaundice.
The disease is rarely fatal and most people recover in a few weeks without any complications, officials said. The incubation period is 15 to 50 days and most people may see symptoms by the 28th day.
Coscia advised parents that good hygiene after bathroom use and before, during and after food preparation are the most important means to prevent the spread of illness.