South Country Central School District officials informed parents and students on Friday that a Rubella teacher, also known as German measles, is a contagious disease that, according to experts, starts as a facial rash in children and affects the rest of the disease spreads body.
"The health department was told that a member of the Faculty of Bellport High School was diagnosed with rubella (German measles)," a statement sent by district officials to parents on Friday said. "We'll alert you so you can take care of your child for signs or symptoms of the disease."
Suffolk health department spokeswoman Grace Kelly-McGovern said health authorities have heard someone report suffering from rubella but have not confirmed the presence of the disease.
District officials refused to comment on the parent's statement. Board members could not be reached or rejected.
The district's note listed the symptoms of rubella in children, including low-grade fever, headache, mild pink eye, general discomfort, swollen or enlarged lymph nodes, a cough, and a runny nose. The letter also asked parents to contact their school health department at 631
The symptoms last about three days, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. the information about the disease is published on their website. Experts said that the disease spreads through sneezing and coughing.
In adults, the CDC said rubella appears as a mild illness with low fever, sore throat, and a rash similar to that in children.
"Rubella can cause a miscarriage or serious birth defect in a developing baby if a woman becomes infected during pregnancy," he said.
The agency also indicated that between 25 and 50 percent of people infected with rubella have no signs of it.