A high school student at the Warrensville Heights High School has been diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, school officials confirmed on Tuesday.
The student is being treated and recovering, according to the district's website.
Bacterial meningitis can be fatal or cause serious long-term complications if left untreated. Because it can spread rapidly, health officials stress the importance of identifying symptoms as soon as possible.
Symptoms of bacterial meningitis include:
- Sensitivity to light
- altered mental state or confusion
Typically, it spreads through coughing or sneezing while in close contact with others and through throat secretions such as saliva or spit, according to the CDC.