Case of bacterial meningitis reported at South Lyon East High School

SOUTH LYON, Mich. (WXYZ) - Students, parents and staff members at South Lyon East High School were notified Wednesday that a student at the high school is being treated for bacterial meningitis. 

The specific type has not yet been identified, but the student is undergoing medical treatment and can no longer spread the disease.

News of the illness has caught many people off guard. 

"I'm just surprised.  Honestly, I'm really, really surprised," said Junior Varsity Football coach Ray Givens.  "None of my players are sick, feel bad or anything like that."  Parents are worried.  "I know that it's serious, that it can be deadly." said Tracy Zylka.

Health experts say the disease is not spread through casual contact and the risk of infection is very low.  Still, parents are being advised to be on alert for signs of meningococcal disease, which include sudden onset of fever, headache, stiff neck, confusion and sometimes a rash.

Antibiotic treatment is usually successful.  Health experts are in the process of contacting persons who have had close contact with the case and is making recommendations on who should have antibiotics to prevent infection.

To reduce the spread and risk of the disease, students and staff are being told not to share items that come in contact with another person's saliva such as foods, drinks, lipstick/balm, or cigarettes.

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