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Marion student diagnosed with viral meningitis

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MARION (KWWL) -- Marion school officials sent a letter to parents Wednesday alerting them to an Echo Hill Elementary student who was recently diagnosed with viral meningitis. 

Viral meningitis is relatively common and is rarely serious.  Signs of infection include:  fever, severe headache, stiff neck, nausea, vomiting, and/or rash.  Persons who have had close, personal contact to a person with viral meningitis run a slight risk of developing the infection.  Close personal contact would include contact with an infected person's saliva such as sharing cups, eating utensils, etc. 

Preventing the spread of viral meningitis includes avoiding contact with saliva and frequent and thorough hand washing.  Students are encouraged to follow these simple, but effective, procedures.  The precautions are being emphasized at school as well.  Custodians have also completed a sanitization process which includes wiping down each desk, table, light switch, door handle, sink lever, walls and other items. 

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