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2nd Greenville Co. student tests positive for meningitis

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A second Greenville County student tested positive for meningitis but attends a different school, according to district officials.

Greenville County Schools spokesperson Oby Lyles said a student at East North Street Elementary Academy was diagnosed with viral meningitis, though the family reported that the severity was "mild."

Lyles said they were treating the case and following all protocols per the Department of Health and Environmental Control, which includes disinfecting the school and contacting parents about the illness.

On Monday, parents at Woodland Elementary School in Greer were notified of a possible case of bacterial meningitis. Lyles said the two cases were unrelated.

In a statement from Woodland's principal, she said a student had been diagnosed with meningitis, and that DHEC has been asked to treat the case as bacterial - even though officials haven't yet been able to determine whether the meningitis is viral or bacterial in nature.

In both cases, officials recommend parents keep an eye out for symptoms, which are similar in both viral and bacterial meningitis.

According to DHEC, the symptoms are fever, headache, stiff neck, discomfort when looking at lights, confusion, drowsiness, nausea and decreased drinking and eating. If a child has any or a combination of the symptoms in the next 10 days, they are advised to visit a physician immediately for evaluation.

While an unrelated illness, DHEC notified parents at a Greenwood County school that someone had tested positive with Tuberculosis and students at that school will be screened on Friday.

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