In São João del Rey, in Campo das Fertines, three children who showed symptoms of the disease died in the past two months. There are suspicions that the deaths may have been caused by bacteria, but there is no confirmation of this. The city is located about 500 km from Felicio dos Santos.
Symptoms seen in those who become infected with streptococcus bacteria are fever, malaise, sore throat or tonsillitis, and spots on the skin. The disease is transmitted from one person to another through contact with droplets of infected saliva or secretions. “The recommendation of the municipal health department is that if the disease is detected, isolation and closure of school units should be carried out,” the city council statement said.
In addition to Felicio dos Santos, municipal schools in other cities were closed. In São João del Rey, classes have been suspended from Wednesday (10/25) until November 5. In Retapolis, classes were suspended on Friday (27/10) with no plans to return. Conceição da Barra de Minas, Santa Cruz de Minas and Tiradentes also joined the action. These cities are located in the São João del Rey region.
*Intern under sub-editor Fabio Correa
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