NEW: Guthrie High School student diagnosed with Viral Meningitis
GUTHRIE, Okla. – With the weather parents expect students to come down with the flu or a cold, but in Guthrie, students are dealing with a much more serious illness: Meningitis.
School goes on at Guthrie High School, but not without the concern of the student not in class, out battling the illness.
“I hope that he’s alright,” said Jesse Christensen. “I’ll say a prayer for him.”
Christensen’s little sister goes to school with the student.
“They sent letters home with the kids,” said Christensen. “They’re obviously taking some steps to make sure it doesn’t turn into a big outbreak.”
The Superintendent sent out to all the students in the district. It lists facts about meningitis and ways to prevent your child from getting it.
The sheet says, “Meningitis is a swelling of the covering of the brain and spinal cord.”
It’s a bit unnerving to students like Bailey Nichols.
“We were just kind of nervous because you don’t want to get sick, you know?” said Nichols.
The Logan County Health Department says the high school student seems to have the viral strain which is not easily spread and rarely fatal. Still, students say the school is pushing them to be health conscious.
“We’re being told to wash your hands and make sure to take care of yourself so you don’t get sick,” said Nichols.
Some of the symptoms of meningitis are fever with a rash, headache, stiff neck, nausea, or vomiting.
Officials have not released the child’s name who has the illness, but the health department expects the teenager to make a full recovery.