GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. – Another elementary school student in Greenville County has been diagnosed with meningitis, but officials say the cases aren't related.
The student from East North Street Elementary Academy in Greenville has mild viral meningitis, according to the family.
Principal Nancy Brantley sent a message notifying parents and staff. She says the mother caught it early and the child is doing well.
“As a precaution, it is important that you are aware of its symptoms, which DHEC lists as fever, headache, stiff neck (your child will not want to bend his/her neck to touch the chin to the chest), discomfort when looking at lights, confusion, drowsiness, nausea, and decreased drinking and eating,” Brantley explained in the message. “If your child has any (or combination) of the symptoms listed above in the next 10 days, please take him/her to your primary care physician immediately for evaluation.”
She also says the school has been cleaned and disinfected according to the guidelines set by the state.
District officials also say a student at Woodland Elementary School is being treated for meningitis. Health officials are treating it as bacterial, although that hasn't been confirmed. That case is not related according to the school district.
Posted: May 27, 2013
Parents of students at an Upstate elementary school are being notified about a case of meningitis.
Greenville County School District officials say a student at Woodland Elementary has been diagnosed with a case that is being treated as bacterial meningitis.
Principal Wanda Mote sent a message to parents and staff notifying them of the diagnosed child.
In the update, Mote says the school has been advised by state health officials to treat it as a bacterial case, although this has not yet been confirmed.
Renee Romero answered her phone and was startled by the message about her daughter Riley's schoolmate.
“I was a little scared,” she said. “I mean, they didn't really say what they were doing to prevent it.”
Romero immediately ran to inform her neighbor.
“She was worried too. She said that it's a serious condition, and I told her 'yes, it's life threatening and needs to be addressed immediately.”
School officials say staff is working to disinfect the school, and will continue to do so when students return on Tuesday. Students will also be reminded about the importance of hand washing.
We asked Dr. Paul Kallett with Doctors Care what symptoms you need to look out for.
Those symptoms include stiff neck, fever, nausea, and drowsiness.
If your child experiences any of these symptoms, school district officials urge you to take them to see their physician right away.
Dr. Kallett explains while the symptoms of viral and bacterial meningitis are similar, it is extremely rare for a young child to have bacterial meningitis.
“Bacterial is far more serious and, thank goodness, it's far more rare,” he adds. “Viral is common.”
Dr. Kallett tells us only children who had direct contact with the infected student are still at risk.
He says the virus or bacteria would not survive inside the building, and believes it's safe for students to return to school Tuesday, which allows parent Renee Romero to breathe a sigh of relief.