By Christy McLeap

Parents who have children in the Jurupa Unified School District received a letter Friday (September 2)  warning them about unconfirmed reports of two children diagnosed with leprosy at Indian Hills Elementary School.

Although the information has not been confirmed, school Superintendent Elliott Duchon said that school district officials decided as a precaution to to send the letters home with children on Friday.

The Superintendent could not say where the initial report came from. He told the Press Enterprise that it didn’t appear that the report of the diagnosis came from the Riverside County Department of Health or a doctor.

Included in the letter that was sent home with children was information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website. It says though leprosy is “feared as a highly contagious and devastating disease, it is well established that Hansen’s disease (or leprosy) is not highly transmissible, is very treatable, and, with early diagnosis and treatment, is not disabling.”

It’s estimated that about 95% of the world’s population is naturally immune to leprosy. The disease is transmitted through respiratory droplets.


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