Lebanon High School students and staff may have been exposed to aseptic, or viral meningitis.
Lebanon City Schools posted an alert to parents and guardians Wednesday afternoon on social media after a Lebanon High School student was diagnosed with the illness.
Aseptic meningitis occurs primarily in young children, the post stated. Meningitis is an inflammation of the covering of the brain or spinal cord. The virus is present in the bowel movements and saliva of infected persons.
The post advises parents to watch for: headache, fever, loss of appetite, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and a stiff neck. These symptoms generally go away with no permanent damage after a few days to a week, the post says.
If a child develops any symptoms in the next few weeks, parents should contact their doctor or the Warren County Health Department at 513-695-1228 and tell them your child may have been exposed to aseptic meningitis.
Spread of the virus can be reduced and controlled with a few simple measures:
- Frequent hand washing, especially after using the bathroom and before eating
- Not sharing eating utensils or drinking cups
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