MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/NewsChannel 5) - Parents of students who attend a Rutherford County middle school have been alerted of a viral meningitis case.
A letter was sent home Thursday with students from Whitworth-Buchanan Middle School. It told parents a school employee was recently diagnosed with viral meningitis.
Rutherford County Schools spokesman James Evans said the employee has not been at school since September 28, the last day schools were in session before fall break.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said viral meningitis can be serious, but is rarely fatal in people with healthy immune systems. It is different than bacterial meningitis, and can be caused by any virus, much like a cold virus can cause a cold.
The school system said no specific treatment is required for viral meningitis and those who have come in contact with sick individuals do not require any treatment.
Viral meningitis is not associated with the fungal meningitis outbreak that is linked to steroid injections.