Principal Brad Stokes, in a letter going home to Horton High School parents this afternoon, has confirmed that a student at the school has been diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, commonly known as flesh eating disease.
Mr. Stokes was not able to speak to any personal health details about the student but has assured parents that this type of infection poses no health risk to the public, reported AVR News.
Dr. Richard Gould, Medical Officer of Health for Annapolis Valley District Health Authorities, told AVR "the only exception is those who have been in direct salvia contact with the student from activities like open mouth kissing."
For those who still have concerns an information sheet on the disease was included with this afternoon's letter or parents can call 811 to talk to a registered nurse 24 hours a day.
The information sheet was also posted on the school's website.
According to the Chronicle Herald the student is female and recently competed in judo at the Canada Games. She is being treated for her condition and no other information concerning her is available.