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    Mysterious Outbreak in Houston School Scare Community

    http://www.lubbockonline.com/stories...91807073.shtml

    HOUSTON - It is a medical mystery and a parent's nightmare: Something is making people sick inside a Houston middle school. So far, no one knows what it is.

    The school district says the air is clean and that children and employees should show up for school. But an increasing number of parents and teachers say they are afraid to go inside the building or to send their children there.

    Since the first day of school on Aug. 27, more than 15 teachers and seven custodians have suffered from severe headaches, chest pains, breathing problems and vomiting while inside Francis Scott Key Middle School. Last Wednesday, several teachers were taken by ambulance to a hospital. Others - under doctor's orders - have missed days of work.



    The article doesn't say just how many children are ill but I imagine it's alot since 15 teachers and 7 custodians are ill, taken away in ambulances, or ordered not to work by their doctors.

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    How pathetic the school is saying it is safe to come to school. Until they find out what is making the people sick, shut it down!!

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    Oh I wonder if they have a rat or rodent problem. Sounds like Hanta Virus.

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    The school better be darn sure that things are safe before encouraging teachers, other employees and students to return. How about cleaning product reactions and air mold? And like JBean suggested how's the rodent problem? And what about pesticides?
    This is a scary situation.

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    If the superintendent says it's so safe, then I suggest he set up camp in there for 3 or 4 days to show everyone how safe it is. Oh and bring his whole family.

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    I wouldn't be sending my child if they went to school there. I would say my child will be home schooled until you can assure me there is no problem.

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    Unless they could prove to me it's safe, my children would not be there. We had a problem last year at one of the schools in my town. People were coming down with mysterious rashes and hair loss, but no one knew what it was. It went on for about 3 months and then just stopped. A LOT of parents were refusing to send kids to school.
    Happy New Years

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    Hmmm...that's interesting. I'm surprised the school district is setting itself up for a lawsuit like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by montana_16 View Post
    If the superintendent says it's so safe, then I suggest he set up camp in there for 3 or 4 days to show everyone how safe it is. Oh and bring his whole family.
    great post/idea------

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    my daughters first 6 weeks of kindergarten were a nightmare of head aches, ear infections, and nose bleeds. they had decided to remove the old drop ceiling at the school and had not yet replaced all of it. the school said no other kids had this problem so they felt the building was not involved. my little girls doctor bless his soul wrote a letter saying he felt my daughter had a allergy to this building and must be moved for medical reasons. within 2 weeks at her new school she was fine. she is in 7th grade now and she still has seasonal allergies but not one nose bleed or ear infection since. i really hope these kids and teachers get help soon. how can you really expect anyone to learn or teach in that much fear?


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    There was a similar incident here a few years ago. Everyone was getting sick at a particular high school, administration insisted it was safe. After huge boycotts by students/parents, they brought in some environmental folks who found black mold EVERYWHERE in the school, but in places that weren't visible on a day to day basis. The school was immediately closed and the students finished the year having their classes in the suite boxes at the Bristol Motor Speedway.

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    JBean, Hanta Virus was my first thought too. It could be in the ventilation system.

    Info about HV:
    http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/h...s/transmit.htm

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    Could it be some kind of gas leak? My sister works for the local children's library, and about 6 months ago a gas leak was discovered there. She had been getting sick nearly everyday until the leak was found. After they fixed it, she was fine.

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    Yep, I am thinking black mold too. My kids would not be going until they figured it out.

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    Any news about this today?

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