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Schools could be making kids sick

January 20, 2012
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WINSTEAD, CT — Third-grader Matthew Asselin was sick a lot last school year, missing a totally of 53 days of school, according to

For much of the year, Asselin was lethargic and plagued with a persistent wet cough, respiratory infections and painful headaches, his health continuing to deteriorate throughout the year, the article stated.

According to the article, when summer hit, Asselin made a full recovery, regaining his energy within days.

"When we put him back in school this year, within three weeks, he missed 10 days with a respiratory infection," Melissa Asselin said.

Studies have shown that nearly a third or more of all U.S. schools have mold, dust and other indoor air problems serious enough to provoke respiratory issues like asthma in students and teachers, the article noted.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one in 10 children in the U.S. now has some form of asthma, which causes them to miss an average of four days of school a year, the article added.

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