Meningitis scare sparks atmosphere of worry in Mt. Olive schools

A heightened sense of concern has settled over many parents in the Mount Olive School District after a female sophomore student tested positive for viral meningitis.

Although the district sent out letters informing parents of the development, many of those with children in the school system say they want more information. Several parents say they want to know more about the districts plans to keep other students safe.

The schools physician, Dr. David Zonderman, says viral meningitis is not as dangerous as the bacterial form. Zonderman says students with viral meningitis may have a severe headache or stiff neck, but not other flu-like symptoms typically associated with bacterial meningitis.

According to Zonderman, viruses affect different people in different ways. He says parents with sick children should take them to a doctor for diagnosis.

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