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Website helps schools track student illnesses

Submitting symptoms to the website. Submitting symptoms to the website.
HENRY COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Efforts are underway to keep track of illnesses going around Henry County schools. All it takes are a few clicks online from school administrators.

It's a newly-designed website called "SUDS" – Schools United in Disease Surveillance.
When parents call the school to report their child is sick, they have an option of reporting the symptoms their child is experiencing. The school then reports all those symptoms through the SUDS website, and the health department compiles the information in real time.

"When we see these trends increasing, we can get communication out to our schools so they can put out some prevention messages to teachers to make sure students are washing their hands good, covering their coughs," said Mark Eckhart, public health epidemiologist. "We can try and stop the spread of disease."

The program started in Defiance County, but has been so successful, it's now being used by several schools in Henry County. Those who created the website hope it catches on with even more schools.

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