SOUTH AMBOY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A South Amboy, New Jersey elementary school teacher has been diagnosed with viral meningitis, school officials said Tuesday night.
Schools Supt. Robert Sheedy said in a notice to parents that a teacher at South Amboy Elementary School had been diagnosed with viral meningitis, and will be absent this week.READ MORE: Black History Is Our History: World Champion Gymnast Wendy Hilliard Uses Her Own Experience To Encourage Next Generation Of Black Athletes To Succeed
Sheedy said he will personally see the teacher’s doctor before she returns.
The Middlesex County Health Department was informed, and the teacher’s classroom and common area were sanitized before students and other staff arrived at the school Tuesday, Sheedy wrote.READ MORE: Power Restored To Co-Op City After Elderly Woman Collapsed, Died Climbing Stairs To Apartment During Outage
Sheedy said the odds that any children or parents would catch meningitis are very low. He also noted that people with viral meningitis, as opposed to bacterial meningitis, usually get better with no problem with rest and fever-reducing medicine.
About 90 percent of viral meningitis cases are from common intestinal viruses called enteroviruses, but contact with one of the viruses does not necessarily mean meningitis will follow, Sheedy wrote.MORE NEWS: NYPD: 1 Killed, 3 Hurt In Stabbing Linked To Illegal Brooklyn Gambling Den
Those in the area seeking more information were asked to contact their family doctors, or the county health department at (732) 745-3100.