FORT WORTH, Texas — Tarrant County Public Health officials have confirmed a case of monkeypox found at Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth.
The individual will not be identified, the district said in a news release.
Sanitizing began at the high school campus immediately as a precaution, the district added.
Parents and staff were notified of the positive case by a letter sent by the district. Parents are advised to monitor their children's health for the next 21 days and call their doctor if symptoms arise.
Monkeypox symptoms include: Fever, headache, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, chills, exhaustion and a rash like pimples or blisters, usually first appearing on the face or inside the mouth then on other areas of the body.
CDC advises avoiding close skin-to-skin contact with people who have rashes looking like monkeypox, avoiding contact with objects used by someone with monkeypox, and washing hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer, particularly before eating or after using the restroom.
"The safety of all students is the district’s number one priority," the district wrote in a statement. "FWISD continues to work with Tarrant County Public Health officials to investigate the case."