One Oklahoma mother is furious after her 1-year-old daughter allegedly contracted a case of herpes from a caretaker at ChildTime day care in Oklahoma City, KFOR reports.
When the toddler’s mouth started bleeding from painful blisters that had developed around her mouth, Consuela Smith immediately took her child to see a doctor—which is when she found out the stunning diagnosis.
When Smith called the day care operators to tell them about her daughter’s condition, she said that they told her that a worker there did have the infection.
A doctor explained the condition to KFOR: “Cold sores are normally caused by herpes simplex 1 virus. They are very easily spread, by touching and rubbing something else or saliva.”
ChildTime released a statement saying, “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. We take every precaution to prevent the spread of germs or illness, and investigate any reported concerns,” according to the news station.
As for Smith, she’s still trying to come to terms with the fact that her daughter has the infection, and trying to focus on getting her as healthy as possible.
“It’s nasty. A 1-year-old walking around with herpes,” she told KFOR.
Read more at KFOR.