Viral Menengitis
Posted on 10/12/2017
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North Branch Area Schools have had two confirmed cases of viral meningitis. The Lapeer County Health Department was contacted through our school nurse and the following information was provided. Information Regarding Viral Meningitis

  • Any confirmed cases of Meningitis are reported to the Lapeer County Health Department. There has been 2 confirmed cases in the North Branch Area School System.

  • Viral Meningitis is the most common type of meningitis, but it is not usually life threatening.

  • There are several viruses that can cause viral meningitis but the most common one is the Enteroviruses. It is spread by direct contact with an infected person's saliva, nasal mucus or feces.

  • If you are infected with the Enterovirus virus you are unlikely to develop meningitis as a complication.

  • Symptoms of viral meningitis(Symptoms usually last 7-10 days):

    • Fever

    • Severe Headache

    • Stiff Neck

    • Sensitivity to bright lights

    • Nausea and Vomiting

    • Lack of appetite

  • Symptoms of Bacterial and Viral meningitis are the same so if you or a family member develop any of the above symptoms immediate medical attention is needed.

  • Ways to prevent Viral Meningitis:

    • Wash hands thoroughly and often especially after using the bathroom, coughing, blowing your nose or tending to someone else who is ill.

    • Cover your mouth or nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.

    • Don’t share drinking glasses, eating utensils, plates or straws.

    • Clean contaminated surfaces ie. dooeknobs, remotes, countertops, handles, etc.

    • Keep everyone in the household upto date with their vaccinations.  Currently there is no vaccine for viral meningitis however, vaccinations included in the childhood vaccination schedule can protect children against some of the disease that can lead to VIral meningitis.

  • If you have any questions please refer to website or contact the Lapeer County Health Department 810-667-0448 or 810-245-5827.