Two students at Paradise High School became infected with viral meningitis, Butte County Public Health announced Monday, but no new cases have been reported and the infected students are OK.
The school notified parents of the two sick students Monday, said Co-Principal Michelle John. While the students aren’t back in school yet, they did not require hospitalization and should be healthy soon. It’s currently unknown how they caught the virus.
“It’s limited to those two cases, and there’s no further cause for concern,” John said.
Viral meningitis is related to but not as dangerous as bacterial meningitis, according to Monday’s release from Butte County Public Health. While the bacterial form requires specialized treatment, sufferers of viral meningitis generally recover without medical treatment.
Proper precautions to prevent any further spread of the virus have been taken at the school, John said.
“We have hand-cleaning signs up everywhere, and the custodians are well aware and are taking extra precaution to wipe down hard areas,” she said.