Published On: Wed, Oct 3rd, 2012

Suspected viral meningitis reported in Oak View Elementary School students

At least four parents of students at a Franklin, Tennessee elementary school have reported that their children have viral meningitis, prompting school officials to issue a news flash.

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According to ABC affiliate, WKRN in Nashville, all of the children potentially affected attend Oak View Elementary School in Franklin, which serves grades K-5. The number of students impacted is between four and seven children.

The district has no confirmation the cases are in fact viral meningitis. One culture came back suspicious.

The school sent letters home to parents making them aware of the possible illnesses.

Williamson County Schools announced they are taking extra precautions including disinfection of the school and buses and adding  cleaning staff that are using exposure control disinfection procedures to clean the building and commonly touched surface areas.

The Tennessee Department of Health does not recognize viral meningitis as a reportable communicable disease.  In other words, there is not a community protocol that schools are required to follow when these cases are reported.

The debilitating, but rarely fatal viral meningitis (a.k.a., aseptic meningitis) is a very common type of meningitis affecting newborns, children and adults alike.

The symptoms of viral meningitis typically last a week or so; however, in some patients they can last for months. Symptoms include headache, fever, irritability, stiff neck, nausea and a sensitivity to light.

The Meningitis Foundation of America says viral meningitis is spread through the exchange of respiratory and throat secretions (kissing, coughing, sneezing, and sharing a cup, utensil, lip gloss, or cigarette). Viral meningitis is also found in one’s stool, which is how infants and neonates who aren’t toilet trained and adults changing diapers develop it.

There is no specific treatment for viral meningitis at this time. Treating the symptoms of viral meningitis include getting plenty of rest, relaxation, fluids, and medicine to relieve a fever or headache.

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