A case of meningitis has been reported at Riley High School, but school officials say the case is under medical supervision and can no longer be spread.
The St. Joseph County Health Dept. is in the process of identifying and contacting those who may have had close contact with the case and recommending antibiotics to prevent infection.
The South Bend Community School Corporation says anyone who lives in the same household and/or may have kissed or come in contact with the infected person’s saliva is considered a “close contact.”
Anyone else, including those with casual contact at school-related activities is at a “low” risk of contracting the infection.
The school corporation advises parents to be alert for signs of the disease, which include: sudden onset fever, headache, stiff neck, confusion and sometimes a rash. If any such symptoms develop the student should immediately be taken to a doctor or emergency room for evaluation.
Meningococcal disease affects people in two ways either as meningitis, an inflammation of tissues covering the brain and spinal cord, or as a blood stream infection leading to bleeding under the skin.