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Health Department: Utah elementary school meningitis case not contagious

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Posted at 9:12 PM, Oct 15, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-16 13:20:07-04

WEST JORDAN, Utah – The Salt Lake County Health Department said the case of bacterial meningitis at a local elementary school is a type that is not contagious.

Officials said there is no concern that it could spread to others at the West Jordan school or the public.

Health authorities said test results confirmed others are not at risk and don’t need treatment.

Wednesday parents with children at Copper Canyon Elementary School received letters about the symptoms to look for to determine if their child has meningitis.

Those symptoms include: chills, fever, vomiting, headache, stiff neck or a rash.

Officials said viral meningitis is not as contagious as bacterial meningitis but it can be spread person-to-person and can be fatal, depending on the age and health of the victim and the severity of the virus causing the infection.

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more details about viral meningitis.

Officials said anyone with concerns or questions should call the Salt Lake County Health Department at (385) 468-4222.