Viral Meningitis Cases Confirmed at a North Florida School

Posted at 11:57 PM, Aug 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-25 20:04:36-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) - Confirmed cases of Viral Meningitis have been announced in Port Saint Joe, closing Gulf County Schools Wednesday.

The department of health says two confirmed cases were discovered in students at Port Saint Joe Junior-Senior High.

According to the department of health, in the summer months, most Viral Meningitis cases are caused by entero-viruses, which are most often spread from person to person through contact with an infected person's fecal material or saliva.

Port Saint Joe's football team played Florida High on Friday, but as of Tuesday, the Leon County Department of Health says they are no reported cases of meningitis.

Gulf County School Board officials are making sure it does not spread elsewhere. The superintendent also says over 30 professional cleaners are being brought into the school.

Symptoms of viral meningitis include fever, severe headache, stiff neck, sensitivity to bright light, sleepiness, nausea, vomiting, and lack of appetite.