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HHS HealthBeat (June 20, 2014)

Bugs in the daycare

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Kids can get a lot out of daycare, but sometimes they pick up infections. One bug that’s been getting more attention is Kingella kingae. It’s primarily a respiratory infection, although it can also affect the ear and nasal passages – and, in some cases, reach the bloodstream. It mostly affects preschoolers.

An article in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention journal Emerging Infectious Diseases discusses Kingella kingae. The CDC’s Mike Miller reads from the article:

“In recent years, clusters of invasive Kingella kingae infections among attendees of daycare centers have been reported, although because of the low rate of testing for this pathogen, many events are probably overlooked.”

The article says good hygiene in the daycare center can help to prevent infection.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: June 20, 2014