OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (CBS Houston) — A mother claims her 1-year-old daughter got herpes from her daycare teacher.
Consuela Smith tells KFOR-TV that her daughter contracted the virus from ChildTime in Oklahoma City.
“She started getting blisters all around her mouth and bleeding,” Smith told KFOR.
Smith says she contacted the daycare center after a doctor told her that her daughter had herpes.
“I told her what she had and they told me the worker does have this,” Smith explained to KFOR.
“It’s nasty. A 1-year-old walking around with herpes,” Smith added.
Dr. Ryan Brown from OU Children’s Hospital says that the virus is easily spreadable.
“Herpetic stomatitis is basically when you have multiple cold sores in your mouth,” Brown told KFOR. “Cold sores are normally caused by herpes simplex one virus. They are very easily spread, by touching and rubbing something else or saliva.”
ChildTime is investigating the matter.
“Our children’s well-being is of the utmost importance to us. We have strict policies and procedures to ensure we meet or exceed regulatory guidelines on health and safety,” the daycare center’s corporate office told KFOR in a statement. “We take every precaution to prevent the spread of germs or illness, and investigate any reported concerns.”