Meningitis outbreak closes Okay school


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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 2/04/2013 10:45 am Published: 2/03/2013 3:39 pm


Okay Schools will not have class on Monday, February 4th due viral meningitis.

Interim Superintendent David Harlow says he was alerted on Sunday afternoon that a school employee had viral meningitis.

“In this case we wanted to do as much as we could as quickly as we could,” said Harlow.

Harlow told FOX23 school cleaning crews are already disinfecting the school building and professional cleaning crews will arrive on Monday.

“We thought that this was most important to do for the safety of the students,” said Harlow.

Approximately 500 K-12th grade students attend Okay Public Schools.

Viral Meningitis is caused by an infection of the meninges according to CDC. Symptoms include fever, headache, stiff neck, and vision trouble. Patients tend to recover quickly.

Mr. Harlow says that the school anticipates to resume classes on Tuesday but he will evaluate the situation after the building is disinfected.

“Our job is to provide a safe environment at the school and to take care of the students,” said Harlow.

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MUSApobox1818 - 2/4/2013 10:08 PM
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The Meningitis Foundation of America (MFA), a national organization, would like the public & media to know that information is available regarding the diagnosis, treatment & prevention of meningitis. MFA was founded in 1997 by parents whose children were affected by meningitis. In addition to supporting vaccination & preventing meningitis, the MFA provides information to educate the public & medical professionals so that the early diagnosis, treatment &, most important, prevention of meningitis, will save lives. Meningitis is a dangerous & often times fatal inflammation of the brain &/or spinal cord that can leave survivors with serious life-long physical problems MFA would like to be considered as a news resource for the disease. For further information, visit the MFA website at www musa org. Thank you, MFA Box 1818 El Mirage AZ 85335 480 270 2652 World Meningitis Day 24 April 2013 www comoonline org Educate~Vaccinate~Eradicate

BillieJ - 2/3/2013 7:02 PM
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Why does it say 2-4-12? I thought this was 2013? Just saying!!!!!!!!
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