- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 1, 2016

ARUNDEL, Maine (AP) - A Maine school district says an unidentified elementary school student in Arundel has contracted viral meningitis.

Superintendent Katie Hawes says the Mildred L. Day Elementary School student did not attend classes on Monday but parents should still watch out for symptoms in their own children.

The federal Center for Disease Control classifies meningitis as an inflammation of tissue that covers the brain and spinal cord. Its viral form is less severe than bacterial meningitis.

Symptoms include fever, headache, stiff neck, vomiting and fatigue.

Hawes says the student is recovering and there’s no reason to believe any other children are at risk.

The district isn’t required to notify parents of viral meningitis outbreaks, but Hawes says the decision to do so was to be informative and reassuring.

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