Student at Neptune High School diagnosed with viral meningitis

A student at Neptune High School was diagnosed with viral meningitis Monday.

The school principal sent a letter home asking parents to watch their children after a ninth-grade student was diagnosed with the virus. He urges parents to call their doctors with any questions. Doctors say viral meningitis symptoms are similar to flu symptoms and can include a fever, stiff neck and severe headache.

Some parents are concerned because a 13-year-old Wall student died earlier in month from a bacterial form of meningitis. However, officials say viral meningitis is not fatal and is not related to the type of meningitis that led to the death of the Wall student.

This is the third case of meningitis in Monmouth County in the month of September.

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