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Student at Bloomington Elementary School might have meningitis



Bloomington, Indiana – The county health department reports that a pupil at an elementary school operated by Monroe County Community School Corp. may have contracted meningitis.

The illness is characterized by an infection, either bacterial or viral, that can inflame the membranes and fluids surrounding the brain and spinal cord.

Individuals who are thought to be in close touch with the student at Rogers Elementary School in Bloomington are being advised to visit their physicians right away to obtain antibiotics.

A news release issued Friday night from the Monroe County Health Department said, “Riley Physicians for Children has been informed and can help with prescriptions, if able, even after hours.”

In kindergarten through second grade, Rogers Elementary School is home to roughly 370 pupils.

Meningitis symptoms can include a sharp spike in temperature, headaches, stiff necks or neck pain, nausea, vomiting, light sensitivity, and confusion. Sepsis, a dangerous bloodstream infection, is another possible side effect of bacterial meningitis.

All children aged 11 to 12 should have a meningitis vaccination, with a booster shot recommended at age 16. This recommendation comes from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The age range for immunizations is 16 to 23. For those children and adults who are more susceptible to contracting meningococcal disease, the CDC also advises getting vaccinated against the disease.