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BROKEN ARROW, Okla. – School officials in Broken Arrow sent home a letter to parents Sunday night, letting them know that one of their students was diagnosed with an infectious disease.

A student at Liberty Elementary was recently diagnosed with Clostridium difficile, also known as CDI or C. diff.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, C. diff is a bacterium that causes inflammation of the colon, known as colitis.

School officials say they are taking precautions to ensue their students are safe.

“Although the risk of transmission is very small, we are taking all necessary precautions to ensure students are safe including disinfecting restrooms and all common areas prior to students returning on Monday morning,” Shelli Holland-Handy, Chief Communications Officer for Broken Arrow Schools said. “We will be moving students from the affected classroom to the media center until the room can be thoroughly disinfected.”

Holland-Handy assured parents that the student who is ill will not return to school until he is symptom free.

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