Student at Daleville Elementary diagnosed with viral meningitis

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DALEVILLE, Ind. (March 20, 2015)- A student at Daleville Elementary is fighting viral meningitis.  School officials are making sure the school is safe for other students.

On Tuesday, the second grader was riding the bus on her way home when she collapsed.

“We pulled the bus video and took a look at that and determined that it would be good for the doctors to see what actually occurred on the bus,” explains David Stashevsky, with Daleville Community Schools.

Viral meningitis is an infection of the lining surrounding the brain and spinal cord, most commonly in children.

Since the girl’s diagnosis, school officials have been busy taking protective measures.  Daleville Elementary put the custodians on disinfectant duty, “What that means is the high traffic areas during the school day are hit with disinfected wipes such as doorknobs keyboards, drinking fountains and the bathroom,” explains Stashevky. Extra cleaning crews were also called in for more help.

Bus 14, the bus the school was riding on is quarantined.   Students are on spring break for the next two weeks.  The bus will be cleaned by the time the students return.  “The department of health has told us that the virus cannot exist longer than four days on any surface,” explains Stashevky.

Parents and community members have collected money to help the family and continue to send prayers.

The little girl’s classmates made get well cards that were delivered to the hospital.

“She’s delightful. She’s a ball of energy,” explains Stashevky.

At last check the girl is in critical condition.

Symptoms of viral meningitis include: fever, headache, stiff neck, red rash, drowsiness, vomiting.

School and health officials are warning parents to take their child to the doctor if they have any of these symptoms.