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.