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UPDATE: Viral Meningitis

As an update to our Viral Meningitis report:


We are happy to report that the original Marion student diagnosed with viral meningitis is recovering well and expected to return to school soon.  Unfortunately, this student’s sibling, who DOES NOT attend Marion has now been diagnosed with the virus.  We have made the proper contacts to the newly diagnosed student’s education center, as well as to those families and educational organizations who may be impacted due to shared transportation arrangements.  Again, the newly diagnosed student DOES NOT attend Marion Schools.  


If you have any additional questions or concerns, please review the previously distributed information about viral meningitis or contact our school nurse.

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We have a student diagnosed with viral meningitis in the 5th grade.  Common symptoms are, fever, poor appetite, nausea, vomiting, headache, stiff neck, lack of energy, sensitivity to bright lights.  People at risk: weakened immune systems caused by disease, medications( chemo therapy), babies, children under 5. To prevent is basically the same way to prevent colds and flu:  wash your hands, avoid close contact, cover coughs and sneezes, clean and disinfect surfaces, stay home when you are sick.  More information may be found   https://cdc.gov/meningitis/viral.html

 
Stress the importance to students about washing their hands and the above information.  Any questions feel free to contact Linda DePoint, Elementary School Nurse at 315-926-2431 or via email ldepoint@marioncs.org.