Meningitis Found In Upstate School

District issues warning to parents

Patrick Gentry
August 29, 2018 - 12:48 pm

An Upstate school district has confirmed a student has been hospitalized for viral meningitis.

The School District of Pickens County said in a released that Dacusville Middle School parents were notified Tuesday about the case after learning from a parents that a child had been hospitalized.

The school issued a statement:

On Wednesday morning, Dacusville Middle School and the School District of Pickens County were notified that our student was confirmed to have a diagnosis of viral meningitis. The coordinator of nursing, the school nurse, and school administration have continued to be in communication with DHEC.

There is no recommendation that any persons who may have been in contact with this student at school receive any treatment or be excluded from school.

Viral meningitis is the most common type of meningitis and is often less severe than bacterial meningitis. Most people get better on their own (without treatment).The germs that cause viral meningitis can be contagious. They can be spread through respiratory and oral secretions. Only a small number of people who get infected with the viruses that cause meningitis will actually develop viral meningitis.

The symptoms of meningitis infection may be sudden onset of fever, headache, and stiff neck. Many times there may also be nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, or confusion. If you or anyone in your household exhibits these symptoms, seek care from a doctor.

We will continue to monitor all illness at DMS, watch for any other patterns of symptoms or illness, and remain in contact with DHEC.

Should parents have questions or concerns regarding illness, they should contact their doctor.


Wanda B. Tharpe

According to the CDC, there are two main forms of meningitis: bacterial and viral. Viral meningitis is the less severe form.

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