Student has viral meningitis says Union Co. Schools

Says school safe for other children


UNION Co., S.C. (WSPA) – School officials say one Union County student has been diagnosed with viral meningitis.

Union County Schools confirmed the child attends Buffalo Elementary School.

Officials say the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has been notified and areas where the child was at school have been deep cleaned.

School officials say they were told that the school is safe for other children since it is not bacterial meningitis, which can cause serious complications and be deadly.

Meningitis is an inflammation of tissue that covers the brain and spinal cord.

The Centers for Disease Control says most people with viral meningitis typically get better on their own after several days.

Those at increased risk of getting the virus include children younger than 5 and people with weak immune systems.

The virus spreads through close contact, but the CDC says only a small number develop viral meningitis.

Union County School District Superintendent William Roach Jr. said school officials were notified about the student’s diagnosis on Tuesday.

“We have worked with DHEC and have taken all necessary precautions to provide the safest environment possible for our students and employees,” he said.

Tim Kelly with DHEC said children with viral meningitis are required to stay home from school.

Kelly said it’s the most common type of meningitis and is often less severe than bacterial meningitis.

Anyone with meningitis symptoms is urged to immediately see a medical provider to diagnose if they have it and the type of meningitis, Kelly said.

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