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  • Bedbugs

    Small insects that feed on human blood by biting through the skin. They are most active between 2:00 and 5:00 am. They can travel 10 to 15 feet to feed and go without feeding for up to 6 months. They cause itchy bites. Bedbugs are not known to transmit or spread disease.

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  • Bites (Human and Animal)

    Biting is very common among young children but usually does not lead to serious infectious disease issues. If the skin is broken, bacteria introduced into the wound can cause a tissue infection that needs to be treated by a health professional. If blood is drawn into the mouth of the biter or if the

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  • Boil/Abscess/Cellulitis

    These are bacterial infections of the skin that usually begin from a scratch or bug bite and progress to a red nodule that fills with pus. Boils are superficial infections with a thin layer of skin over fluid; abscesses are generally larger and deeper with redness and painful swelling over an area filled

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  • Bronchiolitis and Your Young Child

    Bronchiolitis is a common respiratory illness among infants. One of its symptoms is trouble breathing, which can be scary for parents and young children. Read on for more information from the American Academy of Pediatrics about bronchiolitis, causes, signs and symptoms, how to treat it, and how to prevent

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  • Campylobacter

    A type of bacteria that can cause infection of the intestines

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  • Chickenpox (Varicella-Zoster Infections)

    An illness with rash and fever caused by the varicella-zoster virus

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  • Common Childhood Infections

    Most infections are caused by germs called viruses and bacteria. While you may be able to keep germs from spreading, you can't always keep your child from getting sick. It is important for parents to know how to keep their children healthy and what to do when they get sick. Read on to learn more from

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  • Cryptosporidiosis

    An intestinal infection caused by a parasite (Cryptosporidium hominis or C parvum)

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  • Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Infection

    A viral infection common in children (Up to 70% of normal children aged 1 to 3 years in group care settings excrete cytomegalovirus [CMV].)

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  • Dental Caries (Early Childhood Caries or Cavities)

    Early childhood caries (commonly called cavities) is the most common chronic disease of childhood. Caries are the result of an infectious disease process that damages tooth structure and makes holes in the teeth. The consequences of early childhood caries are much more than unattractive teeth. Early

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  • Diarrhea

    An illness in which someone develops more watery and frequent stools than is typical for that person. Diarrhea can be caused by changes in diet, such as drinking excessive amount of fruit juice, eating more than the usual amounts of certain foods, and the use of some medications. Diarrhea also can be

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  • Diarrhea Caused by Specific Types of E coli (Escherichia coli)

    Although many types of Escherichia coli (E coli) bacteria live normally in the intestinal tract, at least 5 types are known to cause diarrhea. Shiga toxin–producing E coli has caused numerous outbreaks in group care settings. Infections with Shiga toxin–producing E coli may be associated with other

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  • Ear Infection

    There are 2 common types of ear infections: otitis media (middle ear infection) and otitis externa (swimmer’s ear). Most ear infections of young children occur in the middle ear.

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  • Fever

    Fever is an elevation of the normal body temperature. Fever is most commonly caused by a viral or bacterial infection, but it can be a sign of illnesses not caused by infections, such as exercising in a very warm environment, rheumatoid arthritis, a reaction to a vaccine or medication, or cancer.

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  • Fifth Disease (Human Parvovirus B19)

    Common viral infection with rash occurring 1 to 3 weeks after infection

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  • Flu, The

    The flu (influenza) is an illness caused by a virus. It affects the whole body. This is not the same as what we often call the “stomach flu.”

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  • Giardiasis

    An intestinal infection caused by a parasite (Giardia intestinalis)

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  • HIV/AIDS

    Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection affects the body in a wide variety of ways. In the most severe infection, the virus progressively destroys the body’s immune system, causing a condition called acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). With early testing and appropriate treatment, children

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  • Haemophilus influenzae Type b (Hib)

    Depends on the site of infection. May include

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  • Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease

    A common set of symptoms associated with viral infections that are most frequently seen in the summer and fall. Despite its scary name, this illness generally is mild. Most commonly caused by coxsackievirus A16 and enterovirus 71.

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  • Hepatitis A Infection

    Fecal-oral route: Contact with feces of children who are infected. This generally involves an infected child contaminating his own fingers, then touching an object that another child touches. The child who touched the contaminated surface then puts her fingers into her own mouth or another person’s

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  • Hepatitis B Infection

    Yes, if a child with known hepatitis B exhibits any of the following:

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  • Herpes Simplex Virus

    In early childhood, herpes simplex virus most commonly causes blister-like sores in the mouth and around the lips and on skin that is in contact with the mouth, such as a sucked thumb or finger.

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  • Impetigo

    Impetigo is a common skin infection caused by streptococcal or staphylococcal bacteria.

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  • Influenza

    A contagious disease caused by a group of respiratory viruses called influenza viruses

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  • Know the Facts About HIV and AIDS

    HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that can lead to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). While there is no cure for HIV, early diagnosis and treatment are very effective at keeping people healthy. In addition, there are things you can do to prevent getting HIV. Read on to learn more

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  • Lice (Pediculosis Capitis)

    Yes, at the end of the program or school day.

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  • Lyme Disease (and Other Tick-borne Diseases)

    An infection caused by a type of bacteria, known as spirochetes, that is transmitted when particular types of ticks attach to a person’s skin and feed on that person’s blood. These ticks are very small, only a few millimeters (about the size of a freckle); the ticks that transit Lyme disease are

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  • MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)

    Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a type of bacteria that primarily causes skin infections, although these bacteria can cause pneumonia, bone, joint, and blood infections less commonly.

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  • Managing Infectious Diseases—Clostridium difficile (Also Called “C diff”)

    A spore- and toxin-forming bacteria that causes diarrhea

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  • Managing Infectious Diseases—Norovirus

    A virus that causes diarrhea and vomiting. A leading cause of diarrhea in the United States.

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  • Measles

    Yes.

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  • Meningitis

    An infectious disease causing swelling or inflammation of the tissue covering the spinal cord and brain.

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  • Molluscum Contagiosum

    A skin disease caused by a virus, somewhat similar to warts

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  • Mononucleosis

    A disease caused by the Epstein-Barr virus; the illness is commonly known as mono.

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