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CDC releases food allergy guidelines for schools

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Updated: 11/01/2013 11:29 pm
LAS VEGAS -- For the first time, the Centers for Disease Control released guidelines for schools and how to handle food allergies. They’re voluntary, but it reflects growing concerns on how to keep kids safe in school.

One local school has been taking steps to address the issue long before the guidelines came down.

She couldn't breathe. She couldn't talk. Within minutes she couldn't even communicate,” said Del Webb Middle School Principal Paula Naegle.

A scary situation for anyone but Naegle recognized the signs.

“I looked at her and lips were starting to swell,” Naegle said. “She had hives. (please cut the part out that says because i knew the gordins) because i had this training i looked at her and said we need to call 9-1-1 now.

It's called anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction.

In this case an allergic reaction to food.

There are eight food including peanuts and shellfish tha account for 90 percent of all reactions.

A food allergy sends someone to the emergency room every three minutes.

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