CALDWELL COUNTY, N.C. -- The Caldwell County Health Department confirmed Wednesday that a student attending Hudson Elementary school has been diagnosed with pneumococcal meningitis.
The name of the student is not being released, but school officials said the child has not attended school this week.
Out of precaution, though, school district officials said the school was cleaned Tuesday night in accordance with Caldwell County Health Department guidelines.
Parents picking up their kids Wednesday said they were notified via phone message Tuesday and were not too worried.
“I’m not too worried. They keep you pretty informed,” said Bina Chacon, whose child attends Hudson Elementary. “Best we can do is teach kids to wash their hands.”
The infection causes an inflammation of the lining around the brain and spinal cord. According to the Meningitis Research Foundation, it occurs when bacteria enters the bloodstream and infects membranes.
They say contact with someone with Meningitis does not pose a risk. In fact, they say it’s extremely rare for a healthy person to catch a severe case.
School officials say a letter went home with students Wednesday and are asking parents to monitor children for symptoms including sudden onset of fever, severe headache, stiff neck, and nausea or vomiting.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends pre-teens, teens and college-bound kids get vaccinated against meningitis.
“With vaccination, I think that will help it to not spread as much,” said parent Kayla Sauberan, whose daughter is a kindergartner at Hudson Elementary.
She also had a message for the little girl who has been infected.
“And I will be thinking about you guys and I hope she gets better as soon as possible,” said Sauberan.