OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – The snow day turned out to be the right time for this northwest daycare in Omaha, while staff members from the Pre-K & Play Academy, a Bright Beginnings daycare, disinfected everything after an alert that a staff member had been diagnosed with a "very fast infection."
Epiglottitis was initially diagnosed in the caregiver. It is caused by a rare bacterial infection and is spread by air (coughing or sneezing) by a carrier who may not have symptoms or even suffer from the disease. The epiglottitis makes breathing difficult and ignites the tissues around the trachea.
The staff even posted the name on the doors of the daycare. But it turns out that's not what caused the staff member to get sick.
On Wednesday, the Douglas County Department of Health told 6 News that it was actually another case – and not "a danger to public safety". .
The owner of the daycare, Jami Flynn, said that it was better to be safe than sorry and that she wanted to make sure that the parents had all the information she had about the sick worker.
"Be careful," she said. "Make sure – especially when dealing with young children – that you are doing everything you can to protect them – it's the most important thing."
According to a letter sent by the day care center, "(the worker) is currently in the hospital sedated and has been intubated."
The staff member is supposed to recover, but county health officials do not say what could have caused the hospitalization of the teacher.
The letter to the families also mentioned the daycare's decision to remain open: "In light of this information, we had planned to close the center for the rest of the week in order to carry out a thorough cleaning, but after careful consideration, we have decided that our families will have huge difficulties and will not do it.We will take the time, today and in the coming days, to thoroughly clean as much as possible while taking care of the children.Every surface will be disinfected and washing machine or disinfectant when possible. "
The letter also stated that the official who had contracted epiglottitis had been vaccinated against Haemophilus influenzae type b, also called Hib, which is a common cause of infection by epiglottitis.
The letter advised families with children who were not immune to Hib to keep their children at home or to have them taken care of elsewhere.
Children with epiglottitis would have symptoms that may include: high fever, lightening symptoms leaning forward or sitting upright, sore throat, hoarse voice, drooling, difficulty in swallowing and / or painful, agitation and breathing by the stuffy.
This is a story in development. Stay with 6 News for updates as they become available.