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Possible case of meningitis reported at Almont H. S.


North Branch schools report one confirmed case of viral meningitis



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September 26, 2018
ALMONT — Almont High School Principal Elizabeth Tomhave issued an alert to parents regarding a possible case of meningitis reported by the parents of a male high school student.

The school district reiterated that the case has not been confirmed, adding that they issued the alert to make families aware of the situation. School officials also confirmed that the student does not ride a bus to school.

The district contacted the Lapeer County Health Department regarding the possible case, and if the case is confirmed, will share that information with parents and students as well.

"Because meningitis can be highly contagious, we wanted to share some information about meningitis with you," Tomhave says in a letter addressed to students and parents of Almont High School.

Tomhave explained the two main types of meningitis—viral and the more rare and sometimes deadly bacterial. Both need to be treated by medical professionals.

Symptoms include fever, severe headaches and stiff neck muscles. Patients may also experience nausea, vomiting, confusion, drowsiness, sensitivity to bright light, poor appetite and seizures. Anyone presenting with these symptoms is advised to seek medical treatment immediately.

Steps to prevent occurrence of the illness include frequent hand washing, not sharing food, beverages, utensils or straws with others, cover your mouth or nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, keep door knobs, remotes, countertops, handles, etc. clean, and keep everyone in the household up-to-date with vaccinations. There are no vaccinations to protect against viral meningitis, however there are vaccines to protect against bacterial meningitis.

In North Branch, Schools Superintendent James Fish on September 24 sent a letter to parents regarding a confirmed case of viral meningitis at Ruth Fox Middle School. A 6th grade student is being treated for the illness. The student will not return to school until cleared by a physician.

North Branch Schools also contacted the Lapeer County Health Department, and, like Almont, included information regarding symptoms and treatment of the illness.

A thorough cleaning through the buildings in the district was also underway.

For more information visit www.cdc.gov or contact the Lapeer County Health Department at 810-667-0448 or 810-245-5827.

Catherine Minolli is Managing Editor of the Tri-City Times. She began as a freelance writer with the Times in 1994. She enjoys the country life, including raising ducks and chickens.
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