FRISCO (CBSDFW.COM) – Parents and school officials are dealing with concerns over a case of meningitis in the Frisco ISD. A 5th grade student at William and Abbie Allen Elementary School on Legacy Drive has been diagnosed with viral meningitis.
Administrators at the school sent parents a letter warning them that the case could be contagious. However, they believe it’s an isolated case.
“We work with health officials to determine when we need to notify parents and the precautions they can take and things to look for,” explained Frisco ISD spokeswoman, Shana Wortham. “We did that in this case, so if any parent has a question, they can call their physician or the nurse at school,” Wortham added.
Doctors say that viral meningitis, although serious, is rarely fatal and is far less serious than bacterial meningitis, which can result in death if not treated immediately.
Symptoms of meningitis include: fever, severe headache, stiff neck, drowsiness, confusion, nausea and vomiting.
Doctors say that viral meningitis can last seven to ten days, but that patients typically make full recoveries. Meningitis is the inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. Viral meningitis is the most common form of meningitis.
Here’s a copy of the email sent to parents:
And below is that informational sheet: