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Pickens Elementary cleaned after child tested for meningitis

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PICKENS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Parents were notified that a student at Pickens Elementary School is being tested and treated for meningitis, according to the school district.

The note sent to parents Monday said the student has not tested positive for meningitis, but the child was hospitalized and is being tested and treated for the illness.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control also sent a letter home to parents saying meningitis had been diagnosed at the school, though the district said they had not received word of a positive meningitis test. According to the letter, students may have been exposed between Sept. 9 and Sept. 18.

According to DHEC, the symptoms of meningitis infection may include sudden onset of fever, headache, stiff neck, discomfort when looking at lights, confusion, drowsiness, nausea and decreased eating and drinking.

The school reminded parents that if anyone in their home has those symptoms in the next 10 days, they are urged to immediately seek care from a doctor.

"We will continue to monitor all illness at Pickens Elementary School, watch for any other patterns of symptoms or illness, and remain in contact with DHEC," the school said in the note. "Should parents have questions or concerns regarding illness, they should contact their doctor."

The school had crews wipe down all hard surfaces at the school as a precaution as they await the student's test results.

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