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Two cases of meningitis at Dougherty County schools

August 23, 2005

Dougherty County-- Students at two Dougherty County schools have viral meningitis and administrators are warning parents to keep an eye on their kids.

Parents of students at Monroe Comprehensive High School got a letter informing them of a case of viral meningitis at the school last week. Another letter dated Tuesday informs parents at Lamar Reese Magnet School of the Arts that a student there has viral meningitis. Parents are concerned about their children's health.

"Kind of worried. Didn't know what to expect having two kids out there at the school and I was concerned that other parents should know what's going on in the school system," says parent Jasmine Newell.

The letters stress these cases are not bacterial meningitis which is a more serious form of the illness. Symptoms include fever, headache, stiff neck and sore throat. Parents should watch for these symptoms. If they appear in your children, take them to the doctor and keep them home until they recover.

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