2 students with viral meningitis at Hillcrest HS in Simpsonville

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SIMPSONVILLE, SC (WSPA) – Two students at Hillcrest High School has been diagnosed with viral meningitis, according to the school district.

According to the school’s website, the two students were not in the same grade and not on the same athletic teams.

The school has sanitized all football equipment, weight rooms, and locker rooms where the two students may have crossed paths.

According to a letter sent to students’ parents from DHEC, students could have been exposed between August 21 and September 13.

DHEC says symptoms of meningitis include 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 oral intake (drinking and eating).

Meningitis is spread by direct contact with respiratory secretions or by fecal-oral route. Good hand washing always helps stop the potential spread of meningitis and should always be practiced.

If you child has any of the symptoms listed in the next 10 days, you should take them to your health care provider immediately.

If you have any questions about this, you should call the Upstate Region Public Health Epidemiology Office at 864-372-3133.

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