RSU 40 posts viral meningitis warning
Union — Regional School Unit 40 has posted a warning on its website alerting the public of several cases of viral meningitis within the community..
The website states that school officials are keeping in touch with the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta and will follow their directives.
"Notices were sent home to students in classes where children have been diagnosed with meningitis," according to Interim Superintendent Michael Cormier.
Cormier was not certain of the number of students infected at this point, he stated in an email Oct. 10.
A parent of a student at Warren Community School and a student at Prescott Memorial School have been diagnosed with meningitis. The child of the Warren parent was cleared to be in school based on CDC guidelines.
"It is my understanding that there is a cluster of cases in the Midcoast region," said Cormier.
Viral meningitis, an infection of the covering of the brain and spinal cord caused by a virus, can affect anyone. People with weak immune systems and children younger than age five can develop a severe infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control website.
The disease is most often spread from person to person through fecal contamination — changing a diaper or using the toilet and not properly washing hands afterwards. It can also be spread through respiratory secretions of an infected person, the site states.
Signs and symptoms of viral meningitis include nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and altered mental status, as well as a sudden onset of fever, headache, and stiff neck. The symptoms of viral meningitis usually last from seven to 10 days.
For more information, visit CDC.gov.
Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at email@example.com.
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.
Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.
Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.
Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 13.
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