posted on November 28, 2011 14:06
The LeRoy Central School District and the New York State Health Department say there is no contagious threat to students, faculty or staff, after completing initial investigation into a strange case of "Tourette's-like symptoms" in several high school students.
And with that, the public portion of the investigation has been closed, "to respect the privacy of the students and their families," according to a statement released on the LeRoy district website.
It was early in November when the district first announced that several students had been stricken with what appeared to be "Tourette's-like symptoms." Medically, those symptoms are neurological (brain-related) and often lead to vocal or physical "tics," which are uncontrollable exclamations or twitches of the body.
The district at the time had declined to disclose any details of the condition, including whether the condition was feared contagious.
Now, the district's most recent statement confirms that there is no "evidence of infectious or environmental causes as the origin of the students’ neurological tics." State Health Department representative Jeff Hammond confirmed to WBTA News that this means there is no viable threat to other students or staff.
The State Health Department, according to Hammond, acted in a consultative role as the school completed its investigation. The investigation included reviews of the students’ medical records, individual medical evaluations, and testing and interviews.
The Genesee County Health Department acted only as the go-between for the district and the state, according to interim director David Whitcroft.