City dignitaries reduce a ribbon earlier than Mount Olive’s first soccer recreation on Sept. eight.
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Third athlete might have contracted virus, say officers

MOUNT OLIVE – Two highschool soccer gamers have been recognized with viral meningitis, in accordance with faculty officers.

Mount Olive Excessive Faculty Principal Kevin Stansberry, in a letter to oldsters, wrote the district was just lately knowledgeable of the analysis and that there could also be extra instances pending lab outcomes. The district didn’t disclose the date it was knowledgeable of the analysis.

An irritation of the overlaying of the mind and spinal twine, signs of viral meningitis are just like the flu. They embrace, headache, abdomen ache, diarrhea, and tiredness.

“Whereas this may be upsetting, the prospect of your baby otherwise you additionally turning into sick with this illness could be very small,” Stansberry wrote within the letter. “Viral meningitis isn’t the identical as bacterial meningitis. Individuals who get viral meningitis often recuperate utterly with relaxation and fever-decreasing drugs.”

Whereas viral meningitis is treatable, the whole district is on look ahead to signs, based on Stansberry. If a scholar complains of signs, they need to be checked for sickness. Superintendent Larrie Reynolds suggested college students who’re sick to remain residence.

“We’ve got been in shut contact with the city’s well being officers,” Reynolds stated. “We’ve got adopted all their recommendation to restrict potential factors of contagion, together with disinfecting rooms, buses, and staff gear.”

Reynolds stated two instances had been confirmed as of Thursday afternoon, each soccer gamers, with a 3rd one potential.

“We have now discovered that viral meningitis is definitely fairly widespread,” Reynolds stated, “Particularly within the spring and fall, and amongst athletes in shut contact sports activities, resembling soccer.”

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All high school athletics continue to be played as of Thursday, including football, save for the players who contracted the virus.

The varsity football team had a scheduled home game against West Morris Central High School Thursday night, which was scheduled to be played as of Thursday afternoon, according to Mount Olive Mayor Rob Greenbaum, who shared the information on his Facebook page.

The school district said under Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, it could not provide updates on the condition of the affected students.

“We are monitoring the situation and plan to make further public notices should the infection spread further,” Reynolds said. “We would very much appreciate the cooperation of the public, by informing the school if their child contracts viral meningitis.”

Questions were directed to family doctors and the Mount Olive Department of Health at 973-691-0900 x7330.

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