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Beacon High School was closed for the day after staff learned of a confirmed case of C.difficile, a highly contagious bacteria that can cause intestinal problems.
The Beacon City School District made the announcement on its website Tuesday that someone inside the school has the infection, which causes intestinal problems, ranging from diarrhea to colitis or an inflammation of the colon. It's not known whether or not a student or staff member has the infection.
Dutchess County Dr. Ingrid Van Hollebeke, of CareMount Medical, says it's often a side effect of taking antibiotics, and can cause complications for the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.
Dutchess health officials say the bacteria, which is found in feces, air, water and soil, can cause severe diarrhea and colitis.
They say it can be spread by not washing hands and then touching clothing and hard surfaces.
"The areas of concern would be mostly the bathrooms, but I'd imagine they'd want to clean flat surfaces - door handles and things like that,” says Van Hollebeke.
District officials said a private company was at the Mattewan Road school Wednesday disinfecting and using an EPA-approved cleaning agent designed to kill the bacteria.