Several Mid-Michigan school districts have reported separate cases of viral meningitis in the last week.
Letters have been sent to parents at R.B. Havens Elementary in the Swan Valley School District, Clio Area Schools, Caro Community Schools and Frankenmuth School District about recent cases of viral meningitis.
Fletcher Spears III, superintendent at Clio Area Schools, said in a letter to parents on Tuesday, Sept. 18 that a person at Edgerton Elementary School in Clio was diagnosed with the virus.
The individual will not be allowed back in the building until a doctor has cleared them, Spears said. It’s unclear if the person is a student or staff member.
Pete Newman, superintendent at Caro Community Schools, also informed parents Tuesday that one of their students at McComb Elementary School was diagnosed with viral meningitis.
"Out of an abundance of caution, we are sharing this information with you. While this can be upsetting, the chance of your child also becoming ill with this disease is very small," Newman said.
Symptoms of viral meningitis include fever, severe headache, stiff neck, sensitivity to bright lights, drowsiness or confusion, nausea and vomiting.
Viral meningitis is not the same as bacterial meningitis. Those who get viral meningitis usually recover completely with rest and fever-reducing medication, Newman said.
It’s important to seek medical attention immediately if you or your child have symptoms.
"In most cases, the germ will simply cause a cold or an upset stomach. Therefore, if you are around someone who has viral meningitis, you have a moderate chance of becoming infected, but a very small chance of developing meningitis," Newman said.
The districts have done deep cleaning to help stop the spread of germs.
A week ago another school district also notified parents about a student diagnosed with the virus.
Principal Kristen Hecht sent a letter to parents on Sept. 11 saying an E.F. Rittmueller Middle School student tested positive.
Hecht said the district was working closely with the Saginaw County Health Department in response to the situation.