Briarwood Elementary student diagnosed with Typhoid Fever

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- A student from Briarwood Elementary School in Warren County was recently diagnosed with Typhoid Fever.

Morgan Watson, the public information officer with Warren County Public Schools, confirmed the case to WNKY.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rare illness affects an estimated 5,700 people in the United States each year. Most people diagnosed in the United States have traveled to places where the diseases are most common.

The disease is spread through contaminated food or water and through person-to-person contact.

Statement from Warren County Public Schools Superintendent Rob Clayton:

Late Tuesday afternoon, the Barren River District Health Department (BRDHD) notified Warren County Public Schools officials of a confirmed case of typhoid fever (Salmonella typhi) at Briarwood Elementary.  Because WCPS values transparent & timely communication, we immediately began the process of notifying our families with information provided by the Barren River District Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control website.

  Medical professionals at the local health department released the following statement earlier this afternoon “Barren River District Health Department uses investigational findings to make public health recommendations. At this time findings indicate a low risk of Salmonella typhi exposure to others, therefore, no public health recommendations are currently warranted for the community. As always, public health recommends practicing good health habits, including thorough hand washing and staying home if you are sick.”  

Ensuring the safety of our students and staff will continue to be our top priority and our families can trust us to always take the necessary precautions to maintain a healthy learning environment.  We encourage anyone with concerns to reach out to the Barren River District Health Department or visit the Centers for Disease Control website for more information.