School district confirms another case of meningitis - WNEM TV 5

School district confirms another case of meningitis

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SWARTZ CREEK, MI (WNEM) -

The Swartz Creek school district was forced to close for two days following several cases of meningitis in the district.

Stacy Byrnes has two children. One attends Swartz Creek Middle School, the other is at the high school.

"Now that they're taking care of it, I think we should be OK. The kids should be alright," Byrnes said.

Each school is dealing with at least one case of meningitis.

TV5 has learned that the district has had one case of bacterial meningitis. That was diagnosed in a middle school student and is potentially life threatening. 

At least one high school student, a Morrish Elementary student, a middle school student, and a high school staff member have been diagnosed with viral meningitis. That is a less severe form of the illness.

The district was made aware of the middle school student's case on Sept. 26. That student has not been in school for the last nine days, according to the district. 

The Genesee County Health Department said hand washing and vaccines are the best way to prevent meningitis.

Byrnes said she's confident the school district is doing what they can to stop the spread of meningitis.

"Hopefully, they get it taken care of and the kids are okay. You know that's the biggest thing is making sure our children are safe and healthy," Byrnes said.

On the school district's website, it says the high school was closed Thursday because of illness. All schools were cancelled on Friday, including Mary Crapo CDC due to illness.

The illnesses have caused a variety of cancellations, including football games, and a closing of the MS swimming pool. Keep updated here.

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