LEBANON, Ohio — A case of aseptic or viral meningitis has been confirmed at Lebanon High School, school officials said in an alert to parents on Facebook.
Aseptic meningitis is generally caused by viruses and occurs primarily in young children, the post says. Meningitis is an inflammation of the covering of the brain or spinal cord. The virus is present in the bowel movements and saliva of infected persons.
The post advises parents to watch for the following signs and symptoms: headache, fever, loss of appetite, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and a stiff neck. These symptoms generally go away with no permanent damage after a few days to a week, the post says.
The post advises students to wash their hands, especially after using the bathroom and before eating, and not share eating utensils and drinking cups.
If a child develops any symptoms in the next few weeks, parents should contact their doctor or the Warren County Health Department at (513) 695-1228 and tell them your child may have been exposed to aseptic meningitis.
The high school nurse's office can answer questions at (513) 934-5115.