District responding to possible meningitis case

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Although it has still not been confirmed, Sealy ISD issued a warning statement to parents that a possible case of bacterial meningitis was discovered in a student.

“We were notified yesterday (Monday, Dec. 2) that a student was hospitalized with symptoms but it’s still unconfirmed,” Superintendent Sheryl Moore said Tuesday morning. “We were hoping the test results would come back yesterday which is why we waited until the very last minute to get information out. We just want to make parents aware that if a child displays symptoms like a headache, stiff neck or nausea, your mind never goes that severe, but we just want parents to not dismiss that option.”

She added that the student didn’t show signs until last Thursday, Nov. 28, which would have been three to seven days after coming in contact with the illness. Since then, all campuses have been disinfected and the incubation period has passed so anyone else who could have been exposed to it would have shown symptoms by now.

Moore reiterated that the concerns no longer remain confined to just one campus and that they are handling this as a district-wide issue.

The district’s message posted Monday afternoon stated “The symptoms of bacterial meningitis can appear quickly or over several days. Bacterial meningitis can be spread by: Direct contact with reparatory and throat secretions (kissing, drinking after one another), indirect contact such as sharing utensils or toothbrushes, and aerosol droplets such as coughing and sneezing. The most common symptoms are: High fever, chills, headache, drowsiness, rash and neck stiffness. If your child experiences any of the above symptoms, please consult your family physician.”

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