Luttrell Elementary School Student Has Meningitis

LUTTRELL, Tenn (WVLT) -- A student at Luttrell Elementary School in Union County has been diagnosed with meningitis.

Luttrell Elementary School principal Sonja Saylor says it's an older student at the school, but she declined to release what grade the student is in.

Saylor says she has spoken to the child's mother and the child is at Children's Hospital, but is recovering.

Union County Schools spokesperson Wayne Goforth says nurses have told the district that they suspect the case to be viral meningitis, but more tests are being done to make sure it's not bacterial meningitis.

Saylor says Luttrell Elementary sent a letter home with students advising parents about the case of viral meningitis. You can read the letter by clicking on the link above this story.

The letter points out symptoms of meningitis and advises parents to take their children to the doctor if they exhibit those symptoms.

Saylor also says teachers are reminding students to wash their hands, and she's making sure bathrooms are completely stocked with soap, and towels.

Sandy Halford, a spokesperson for the East Tennessee Regional Health Department, says there have been no cases of meningitis reported to her.

Halford says that's not uncommon because viral meningitis does not have to be reported.

Only bacterial meningitis cases must be reported.

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