Elementary school student diagnosed with meningitis

Published on Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A student at Woodland Elementary has been diagnosed with meningitis, a disease that attacks the tissue surrounding the brain and spinal column and can potentially fatal. The school, disinfected Monday, continues to be cleaned today.

A parent reported that doctors recommended parents keep their children home from church Sunday.

Principal Wanda Mote messaged parents and staff at Woodland Elementary Monday, writing:

“We have been advised by the Department of Health and Environmental Controls to treat this case as bacterial, though not confirmed.  The school and district administrations are working very closely with DHEC and are following their guidelines regarding disinfecting the school.  When students return on Tuesday, we will continue to clean and disinfect.  Also, students will be reminded to wash their hands.

“Per information from DHEC, symptoms for 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 drinking and eating.  If your child has any (or combination) of the symptoms listed above in the next 10 days, please take him/her to your primary care physician immediately for evaluation.

“If you have health-related questions, please contact your health provider or the health department.

“Though I cannot release the name of the child, I ask that you keep the child and family in your thoughts.”




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