Viral meningitis confirmed in student at Avon High School

AVON, Ohio - Avon Local Schools now knows that a student at Avon High School with a suspected case of viral meningitis did contract the virus.

The school district informed parents and students of the initially unconfirmed case of viral meningitis last week. It also advised parents to seek health attention for students who show symptoms of the virus. Lorain County General Health District and other medical professionals worked with the district to put in place all necessary precautions.

The student has received treatment and deemed healthy.

Viral meningitis is caused by a virus and typically occurs in young children, according to the school district's letter to parents. It irritates the covering of the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms include fever, headache, lack of appetite, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and a stiff neck, but they generally disappear after a few days to a week and leave no permanent damage.

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