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MONTREAL, SEPTEMBER 12, 2002- English Montreal School Board (EMSB) in-school administrators have been furnished with a publication containing guidelines for the treatment and prevention of anaphylactic reactions.

Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction affecting approximately one to two percent of the population. It can be fatal if left untreated. Like other severe allergic reactions, anaphylaxis occurs when the body's immune system reacts to harmless substances as though they were harmful invaders, the vast majority of which occur in response to the ingestion of food products, particularly peanut butter or nut products.

The document, entitled Intervention Guide for Students at Risk of Anaphylactic Reaction in Schools, covers a broad range of information related to anaphylaxis, including signs, symptoms, legal aspects, roles and responsibilities, emergency procedures and prevention measures. It also includes sample forms, letters, and other resource materials and can be adapted to each school/centre's needs, in consultation with the school nurse.

The publication is the result of a collaboration of the Comite regional des services en milieux scolaire, schools boards, CLSCs and the Ministry of Education.

Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213