Oklahoma student diagnosed with infectious disease

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An Oklahoma student diagnosed with an infectious disease will not be back at school until symptom free.

Broken Arrow Public Schools confirmed Sunday that a student at Liberty Elementary School was diagnosed with clostridium difficile, also called C. diff.

It is an infectious disease spread through contact with a person's feces, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. School officials said the risk of transmission is small.

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District leaders said they are taking precautions to ensure student safety including disinfecting restrooms and all common areas before students return Monday morning. Classes in affected classrooms will be moved to the media center until they are thoroughly cleaned.

The district released the following statement:

"We were recently made aware that a student at Liberty Elementary was diagnosed with CDI, or C. diff., an infectious disease. Although the risk of transmission is very small, we are taking all necessary precautions to ensure students are safe including disinfecting restrooms and all common areas prior to students returning on Monday morning. We will be moving students from the affected classroom to the media center until the room can be thoroughly disinfected. The student who is ill will not return to school until symptom free. We are working closely with the health department to ensure we are taking every necessary precaution to protect our students. We encourage all parents to review proper hand washing techniques with their children. Also, we want to make parents aware of the symptoms of CDI so that they may monitor their children for possible infection. Symptoms include watery diarrhea, fever, loss of appetite, nausea, abdominal pain or tenderness and abdominal cramping. Any student experiencing these symptoms should be kept home. Please visit the National Institutes of Health page on Clostridium difficile infection for more information. All parents at Liberty were contacted by schoolcast Sunday evening and we are doing everything possible to ensure our students are safe. Parents should contact the school if they have any additional questions."