2 cases of viral meningitis at Wilton school

WILTON, Conn. (WTNH)– There are two confirmed cases of viral meningitis at Wilton High School.

Viral meningitis is an infection, less severe than bacterial meningitis, but it does make you very sick and can travel through sharing surfaces and sneezing.

After the second case of viral meningitis at Wilton High School, an email alerted parents. One mom says her daughter came home concerned.

“She plays sports, so she likes to be healthy,” said Marie Zunda, parent of a sophomore.

“Health and safety of our students is my primary concern here,” said Robert O’Donnell, Wilton High School Principal.

Principal Robert O’Donnell says one student fell ill September 4th, the second was on September 11th. They’re not releasing much on the students,but he says they are in the same grade, they’re feeling better, and they’re back at school.

“With the viral meningitis what we’ve done is we’ve just heightened the awareness of all the custodians actually district wide and what they’re doing is disinfecting frequently touched surfaces,” said  O’Donnell.

He also encourages students to practice good hygiene.

“You’re telling 1,322 teenagers to wash their hands and hopefully we’re getting widespread compliance,” said  O’Donnell.

Parents News 8 spoke to say they’re just encouraging their children to wash their hands.

“I hope we don’t have another case, haha. I hope it’s all gone,” said Zunda.

Symptoms for viral meningitis include headache, dislike of bright lights, neck stiffness, fever and nausea/vomiting. If you have them, make sure you call the doctor.

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