Officials confirm pupil has viral meningitis

October 01, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Baltimore County school official confirmed yesterday that a pupil at Hereford Middle School in Monkton has viral meningitis, and another is suspected of having the brain infection.

But school and health officials told parents that viral meningitis is not communicable from person to person and children at the school are not at increased risk from being exposed to the pupil.

School officials sent a letter home to parents Tuesday telling them of the sick pupil.

"Its not bacterial meningitis, and it's not contagious. We get cases like this all the time," Michele Prumo, Baltimore County schools' coordinator of health services, said yesterday.

L Prumo said cases occur between six and a dozen times a year.

Symptoms of viral meningitis include fever, headaches, vomiting, weakness and stiff neck.

Pub Date: 10/01/98

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