Communication Notice (recommended to be distributed if two or more cases are present)
This letter is to inform you that bacterial meningitis has been identified at our school. This disease is spread through direct contact with saliva or respiratory droplets from an infected person. These droplets can be released into the air by talking, coughing or sneezing.
The symptoms to watch for are fever, headache, stiff neck, reduced level of alertness, nausea, and loss of appetite, small purplish rash on upper body, irritability and sensitivity to light. Steps to prevent infection should always be followed. Please remind your child to practice proper hand hygiene, cough or sneeze into their sleeve, discard used kleenexes properly and keep your child home if at any time they show any symptoms of illness. Immunization will also reduce risk.
If you would like more information, please check out this fact sheet at: https://novascotia.ca/dhw/CDPC/meningitis.asp
For specific questions, contact a health care provider, 811 or Public Health.