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Student being evaluated for possible case of meningitis, school district says

Posted at 8:35 PM, Sep 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-11 10:41:25-04

VALLEY MILLS, TX — An elementary school student is being evaluated for a possible case of meningitis, according to the Valley Mills Independent School District.

In a letter to parents and staff, the district said the Valley Mills Elementary student is being evaluated for the disease.

The district said they are working with the local State Health Department to ensure the safety of students and staff. The campus was "thoroughly cleaned" Tuesday evening using a hospital-grade disinfectant, according to the district.

The district is also notifying parents of potential symptoms to look for and when to seek medical treatment.

Common symptoms associated with meningitis include:

  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Headache
  • Neck stiffness
  • Vomiting
  • Chills
  • Muscle and join pain
  • Abdominal pain

The district is urging parents who notice their child exhibiting a combination of these symptoms to seek medical attention.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, meningitis is the swelling of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord.