Advised after bacterial infection case
Beacon High School closed on Wednesday (March 27) for cleaning following a confirmed case of Clostridiolides difficile (C. diff), a bacteria that can cause diarrhea and colitis.
Superintendent Matt Landahl said in an email to parents that the staff learned of the case on Tuesday and was advised by Dutchess County to disinfect hard surfaces in the school to prevent its spread.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says C. diff infects 500,000 people in the U.S. annually and can be deadly, especially in people ages 65 and older.
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