Local districts dealing with viral meningitis now climbs to five

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BIRCH RUN (WJRT) - (09/20/18) - A student at Marshall Greene Middle School in Birch Run and a first-grader at Springview Elementary School in Flushing are the latest diagnosed with viral meningitis this fall.

Both schools released letters to the community Thursday about the situation.

Classes were continuing at both schools Thursday while custodial staff were working to complete a thorough disinfection of the buildings. All students diagnosed with the illness won't return to school without a doctor's permission.

All after school activities at Springview were canceled Thursday to allow custodians to continue the disinfection process. Buses at Flushing Community Schools also are being treated.

The Marshall Greene Middle School student did not ride the bus. But administrators planned to disinfect classrooms and common areas -- even the Chromebook that the student used.

Other Mid-Michigan schools affected by viral meningitis this fall include Edgerton Elementary School in Clio and McComb Elementary School in Caro on Tuesday and E.F. Rittmueller Middle School in Frankenmuth on Sept. 11.

Meningitis is an infection of the lining around the brain and spinal cord. The viral form is considered much less serious than the bacterial form of the infection.

It can lead to symptoms that include such things as headaches, neck stiffness, nausea and fever. There is no specific treatment for viral meningitis besides rest, drinking plenty of fluids and taking fever reducers.

Proper handwashing techniques and thoroughly cleaning all surfaces are the best way to avoid the illness.

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