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Viral Meningitis Cases Reported In Williamson County

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Four families at Oak View Elementary in Williamson County have reported cases of viral meningitis to the Williamson County school system.

School officials said at a briefing Tuesday morning that the families reported them after seeing a doctor. The first letter was sent out to parents on September 20, and the second was sent on September 25.

School leaders said there were anywhere between four and seven cases; however, since doctors are not required to report viral meningitis to the health department, the school system did not have a confirmed number of cases.

Cleaning crews have been brought in to help prevent spreading of the disease. Buses have also been cleaned.

Doctors said viral meningitis is not as dangerous, and most patients get better on their own or with minimal treatment.

In September, a Middle Tennessee State University freshman and an elementary school student from Wilson County died from bacterial meningitis.

The Tennessee Department of Health and the CDC said Monday that two people have died, and 11 people have tested positive for fungal meningitis after lumbar epidural steroid injections between July 30 and September 20 at Saint Thomas Outpatient Neurosurgery Center.

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