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CHESTERLAND, OH (WOIO) –

In Chesterland, a student at West Geauga Middle School has viral meningitis.

Principal Jim Kish tells 19 Action News, the student has been absent for a number of days and the school found out Thursday the child is being treated for viral meningitis.

The classrooms are cleaned every day, but Kish says today they will be given an extra cleaning.

Kish also says a reverse 911 call will go out Thursday afternoon to parents. The call will also have some prevention advice, for example, don’t share your water bottles.

Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection.

Viral meningitis is generally less severe and clears up without specific treatment.

High fever, headache and stiff neck are common symptoms of meningitis in anyone over the age of 2 years. These symptoms can develop over several hours, or they may take 1 to 2 days.

Other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, discomfort looking into bright lights, confusion and sleepiness.

http://www.19actionnews.com/story/15634500/student-at-west-geauga-middle-school-has-viral-meningitis

Article Courtesy of WOIO 19 Action News

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