ZEPHYRHILLS — A letter sent Wednesday to parents of Zephyrhills High School students said a student at the school had been diagnosed with bacterial meningitis.
Deanna Krautner, a spokeswoman for the Pasco Health Department, said federal privacy laws prevented her from releasing the student's name, age, gender or condition.
She said health officials are working with the school "to try to identify any close contacts with the student where treatment might be recommended."
Bacterial meningitis can cause brain and spinal cord damage. It is contagious and spread by close personal contact such as kissing or sharing a toothbrush. Symptoms include high fever, a stiff neck or a severe headache.
The Health Department can be reached at (727) 207-8141 or (352) 521-1450, ext. 344.