Meningitis reported in Williamson County, parents concerned - WKRN News 2

Meningitis reported in Williamson County, parents concerned

Posted: Updated: Oct 2, 2012 05:12 PM
Schools' Director Dr. Mike Looney said the district has disinfected the school and all of the buses that service Oak View. Schools' Director Dr. Mike Looney said the district has disinfected the school and all of the buses that service Oak View.
FRANKLIN, Tenn. -

Williamson County schools have had four families self report suspected cases of viral meningitis.

All of the children potentially affected attend Oak View Elementary School in Franklin, which serves grades K-5.

The district has no confirmation the cases are in fact viral meningitis. One culture came back suspicious.

No potential reports of the illness have come from any other schools in Williamson County.

In a news conference Tuesday morning, Schools' Director Dr. Mike Looney said the district has disinfected the school and all of the buses that service Oak View Elementary.

Letters have been sent home to parents.

The number of students impacted is between four and seven children.  Some of the families have multiple children. The children were taken to the hospital

The district said it is taking the symptoms very seriously.

"It looks like we've weathered the storm so to speak and are coming out on the other side," said Dr. Looney.

Recently, there have been two fatal cases of bacterial meningitis reported in Tennessee.

In September, Middle Tennessee State University student Jacob Nunley died of the illness and last week, a West Elementary School student in Mt. Juliet also died.

Parents across the state are urged to vaccinate their children.

On Monday, the state health department said 11 patients contracted a fungal form of meningitis at Saint Thomas Outpatient Neurosurgeon Center.  Two of those patients have died.

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