Meningitis Scare At Marshall County School

(Memphis) Pam Jones has two kids at HW Byers Elementary, where student was taken to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital last week after being diagnosed with meningitis.

School leaders say they got definitive word Tuesday.

Meningitis is an infection around the brain and spinal cord, and it can be deadly.

Parents should look out for fever, headaches, a stiff neck, and sensitivity to light.

A letter telling parents what to look out for went home Tuesday.

WREG was there as Michael Harris pulled out one to give to his mom.

“One boy got sick today, I don’t know what’s wrong with him,” said Harris.

School leaders say as soon as doctors confirmed the news they warned parents and had the building cleaned from top to bottom to make it safe for kids.

According to School leaders Meningitis is not spread through casual contact, but more directly touching mucous from the infected person.

Right now parents are watching over their kids and thinking about the student who’s in the hospital seriously ill.

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