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Mount Olive NJ High School Football Players Contract Meningitis

Originally published by the Daily Record

MOUNT OLIVE – Two high school football players have been diagnosed with viral meningitis, according to school officials.

Mount Olive High School Principal Kevin Stansberry, in a letter to parents, wrote the district was recently informed of the diagnosis and that there may be more cases pending lab results. The district did not disclose the date it was informed of the diagnosis.

An inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinal cord, symptoms of viral meningitis are similar to the flu. They include, headache, stomach ache, diarrhea, and tiredness.

“While this can be upsetting, the chance of your child or you also becoming ill with this disease is very small,” Stansberry wrote in the letter. “Viral meningitis is not the same as bacterial meningitis. People who get viral meningitis usually recover completely with rest and fever-reducing medicine.”

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