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Meningitis strikes Elementary School; One confirmed case

Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 10:08 am

On Tuesday, the Monroe City R-1 School District informed parents that there has been one confirmed case of meningitis diagnosed in the elementary school. The school district is in contact with the Monroe County Health Department to follow the proper guidelines. Superintendent Dr. Tracy Bottoms stated “At the time there is a confirmed second case then the Monroe County Health Department will be notified and all proper protocols will be followed including notification to the public”.
At this time the meningitis case is being treated as an isolated case. The strand of meningitis has not yet been confirmed. The classroom that the student attended class in has been closed to be sanitized through proper procedures. Sanitizing includes bleaching floors, cleaning carpets, toys, desks and anything that was in the classroom.
The Monroe County Health Department has encouraged parents to seek medical attention for the following signs and symptoms including sudden onset of fever, stiff neck, nausea, vomiting, light sensitivity, mental status changes or confusion.
Meningitis is defined as an acute inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord, known collectively as the meninges.

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