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Fifth grader in Marion diagnosed with viral meningitis

The Marion Central School District confirmed Wednesday that one of its students was diagnosed with a case of viral meningitis. (Photo: SBG file)

Marion, N.Y. (WHAM) - The Marion Central School District confirmed Wednesday that one of its students was diagnosed with a case of viral meningitis.

A fifth grade student was confirmed to have the virus, according to district officials.

According to the CDC, some common symptoms include fever, poor appetite, nausea, vomiting, headache, stiff neck, lack of energy, and sensitivity to bright lights.

Anyone who might already have a weakened immune system due to illness, medication, or any child under the age of five is at an increased risk for viral meningitis.

Preventing yourself or your child from contracting the virus is the same way you practice cold and flu prevent: wash your hands, avoid close contact, cover coughs and sneezes, clean and disinfect surfaces, and stay home when you are sick.

Anyone with questions should contact the Marion Elementary School Nurse Linda DePoint at 315-926-2431 or via email.

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