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October 2, 2003

(Savannah-AP) -- A second elementary school student in Savannah, this one at Georgetown Elementary,  has been diagnosed with meningitis. Officials are awaiting test results to find out whether it's viral or bacterial.

The school sent home a letter to notify parents. On Tuesday, officials at May Howard Elementary School sent home letters telling parents that a student there has been diagnosed with viral meningitis.

 Viral meningitis is less serious than bacterial meningitis, which kills 5 percent to 20 percent of its victims and leaves about a third of its survivors with brain damage.

Viral meningitis is rarely fatal. It has symptoms that last about a week. There's no specific treatment other than bed rest, fluids and pain relievers.

One of the most effective methods of prevention is washing your hands well and often.

Last week, tests showed that two University of Georgia students infected with meningitis have the viral form -- not the deadlier bacterial meningitis.


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