Two students diagnosed with viral meningitis at Mountain Vista High School

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HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. — Two students at Mountain Vista High School have been diagnosed with viral meningitis, according to a letter by principal Mike Weaver that was sent to parents.

Weaver wrote the students have the far less serious form of meningitis and they “are doing well.”

Weaver wrote to parents:

Mountain Vista Families, Parents and Community,

The health and safety of our students is the top priority at Mountain Vista High School and the Douglas County School District. I am reaching out tonight to let you know that we have two confirmed cases of students with Viral Meningitis.  Please know that the viral form of meningitis is far less serious than the bacterial version.

Both students are doing well, but due to the nature of the virus, we felt it was important to share this information with you.  Please review the following details from Healthinschools.org and if you have any questions contact your doctor or Mary Evensen our school nurse at (303) 387-1500.

Viral or aseptic meningitis is the most common form of meningitis in the U.S.  It is frequently not diagnosed because it is thought to be the flu.

Hallmark signs of meningitis are sudden fever, severe headache, and a stiff neck. In more severe cases, neurological symptoms may include nausea and vomiting, confusion and disorientation, drowsiness, sensitivity to bright light, and poor appetite.

Meningitis often appears with flu-like symptoms that develop over 1-2 days.

Viral meningitis has no specific treatment at this time. Most patients recover on their own. Physicians may recommend bed rest, plenty of fluids, and medicine to relieve fever and headache. Persons with severe viral meningitis may be hospitalized for supportive care.

Good personal hygiene reduces the risk of getting the disease from an infected person. Avoid sharing food, utensils, glasses and other objects with a person who may have or been exposed to the infection.

Wash hands often with soap and rinse under running water.

Additional information about Viral Meningitis can also be found on the Centers For Disease Control Website: http://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/viral.html

As always, we ask parents to keep a close eye on their kids.  Like with any other illness, please keep students at home if they are not feeling well or exhibit any of these symptoms.  Once they are symptom free, they may return to school.

Thanks and take good care!  MW

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