Meningitis Scare for Students at Jersey Shore

By Dan Stamm
|  Tuesday, May 20, 2014  |  Updated 6:57 AM EDT
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Roughly one-third of the Margate School District stayed home after a report of viral meningitis surfaced.

NBC10.com

Roughly one-third of the Margate School District stayed home after a report of viral meningitis surfaced.

Dozens of Jersey Shore students stayed home from school after a suspected case of viral meningitis was reported.

A warning call was made Sunday night to everyone in the Margate School District. A letter posted to the Atlantic County district’s website let parents know about possible warning signs of infection.

Officials say about a third of the students in the district did not show up on Monday.

No one said if the patient is a student or staff member at William H Ross Elementary School or Eugene A. Tighe Middle School.

Viral meningitis is less serious than bacterial meningitis. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, severe cases can lead to prolonged fever and nausea.

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