Meningococcus reported at Scottsboro Junior High School

Scottsboro Junior High School

Scottsboro City Schools says parents at Scottsboro Junior High School have been notified of a reported case of Neisseria meningitidis at the school.

Posted: Nov. 17, 2017 6:45 PM
Updated: Nov. 17, 2017 6:45 PM

The Alabama Department of Public Health says it has received a report of Neisseria meningitidis, or meningococcus, at Scottsboro Junior High School.

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The health department says children at the school could have been exposed to the reported case, and they suggest for parents to make sure students are up-to-date on school vaccines and their meningococcal vaccine.

Experts say meningococcus is a highly contagious disease spread to others by contact with respiratory or throat secretions, including saliva and spit.

Symptoms include a fever, headache, stiff neck, confusion and sometimes a rash. If someone has these symptoms, they need to be evaluated immediately by a physician or at an emergency room.

Additional details are unknown at this time.

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