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Student diagnosed with bacterial meningitis

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SWARTZ CREEK, MI (WNEM) -

A Mid-Michigan student has been diagnosed with bacterial meningitis.

In a letter to parents on Friday, Swartz Creek Community Schools Middle School Principal Kevin Klaeren said that a student from the district had been diagnosed with the condition.

Klaeren said the student had been absent from school for more than a week, with his last day in class being Sept. 10.

The school administration is working with the Genesee County Health Department following the diagnosis.

Over the weekend the entire middle school building, as well as the bus the student routinely took, was cleaned, according to Superintendent Jeff Hill.

The Genesee County Health Department told Hill the incubation period has passed and students should be OK.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in the United States about 4,100 cases of bacterial meningitis, including 500 deaths, occurred each year between 2003 – 2007. Click here for more information.

Meningitis infection may show up in a person by a sudden onset of fever, headache, and stiff neck. It will often have other symptoms, such as

  • Nausea,
  • Vomiting,
  • Increased sensitivity to light (photophobia), and
  • Altered mental status (confusion).

The symptoms of bacterial meningitis can appear quickly or over several days. Typically they develop within 3-7 days after exposure.

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