Case of viral meningitis reported at Mount Olive High School

Posted: Updated:
MOUNT OLIVE -

School officials announced that a student at Mount Olive High School has tested positive for viral meningitis.

Principal Kevin Stansberry sent out a message via the school's website saying, "While this can be upsetting, the chance of your child or you also becoming ill with the disease is very small. Viral meningitis is not the same as bacterial meningitis."

Stansberry said about 90 percent of viral meningitis cases are caused by a stomach virus and will generally go away with rest.

Students at the school tell News 12 New Jersey that a football player got sick and may have spread the virus to another person. A student on the team said the locker room was cleaned and that all players are taking precautions.

Department of Health officials say the disease can spread through direct contact.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."