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Daycare staffer’s rare, potentially deadly infection prompts request that parents keep non-vaccinated children at home

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Acute epiglottitis; Lateral view in X-ray imaging. The lateral soft-tissue radiograph reveals the “thumb sign” that indicates a swollen epiglottis. (Public domain )

A Nebraska daycare facility is asking parents of non-immunized children to keep their kids at home after one of its employees was hospitalized with a rare, and potentially life-threatening, airborne bacteria.

Bright Beginnings daycare sent a letter home to parents on Wednesday urging parents to take precautions after the staff member contracted epiglottitis, Omaha’s WOWT-TV reported.

According to the Mayo Clinic, epiglottitis is a rare and potentially life-threatening infection that causes the epiglottis to swell and block the flow of air to the windpipe. It is most commonly caused by Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) and can be spread by a cough or sneeze.

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Daycare operators considered closing the facility for a few days but ultimately decided against it.

“In light of this information, we had considered closing the center for the remainder of the week in order to do a thorough cleaning but after careful consideration, we have decided this would cause a tremendous hardship on our families and are not going to do so,” the letter obtained by WOWT read.

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