MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) (9/26/2018) - At least five more students at three Mid-Michigan schools have been diagnosed with viral meningitis this week.
Three students at Millington Junior-Senior High School were diagnosed in the last week. They are in addition to students at Ruth Fox Middle School in North Branch and Bentley Bright Beginnings in Owosso.
Classes are continuing at all of the affected schools while custodial staff work to complete a thorough disinfection.
In Millington, custodians try to clean and disinfect all surfaces every evening. They are putting a renewed focus on disinfecting things like faucets, doorknobs, keyboards and desks daily.
Other Mid-Michigan schools affected by viral meningitis this fall include:
-- Edgerton Elementary School in Clio.
-- McComb Elementary School in Caro.
-- E.F. Rittmueller Middle School in Frankenmuth.
-- Frankenmuth High School.
-- Marshall Greene Middle School in Birch Run.
-- Springview Elementary School in Flushing.
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.