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Case of viral meningitis at Bay Point Elementary



There has been a confirmed case of viral meningitis at Bay Point Elementary Magnet School in St. Petersburg, according to a letter sent to families Monday. School officials wouldn't say Tuesday whether the case involved a student or an adult.

Viral meningitis is less severe than bacterial meningitis and usually resolves itself without treatment. (That doesn't mean that students should come to school if they appear sick. They still need to be seen by a doctor and kept home.)

Symptoms of viral meningitis include fever, chills and headache, sensitivity to light, altered mental status and back or neck stiffness. It is spread through contact with the fecal matter or saliva of an infected person. (Read more about it from the CDC here.) It can be prevented by washing hands regularly and not sharing food or drink with an ill person. 

Viral meningitis also is different than fungal meningitis, which has been in the news lately. (Read about fungal meningitis here.)

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 2:01pm]


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