OAKLAND (CBS SF) — A young boy at an East Oakland afterschool center’s playground was pricked by a discarded syringe last week, according to an Oakland school district spokesman.

The 7-year-old boy was digging in the Highland Child Development Center’s playground, located at 1322 86th Ave., on April 25 in the afternoon, Oakland Unified School District spokesman Troy Flint said.

The boy attends New Highland Academy around the corner and is part of the center’s afterschool program, Flint said.

At some point the boy stuck himself with the syringe he had found. His parents took him to the hospital for treatment to prevent possible infection.

Site staff did a search of the childcare center the following day and by the end of the week had thoroughly cleaned the area, Flint said.

Flint said that a letter will go out Thursday to nearby East Oakland community members explaining the situation and district efforts to prevent another incident, including continual searches for dangerous, unhygienic items in the area around the school and child center.

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