Viral meningitis case involving teacher reported at D.C. elementary school

Peabody Elementary School. (WJLA photo)

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - A teacher at D.C.'s Peabody Elementary school has been diagnosed with a case of viral meningitis, ABC 7 News has learned, prompting a warning note to go out to parents from the D.C. Department of Public Health.

While the letter doesn't specify that it is a teacher who contracted the virus, it does alert parents to a meningitis case at the school that was discovered last week.

Viral meningitis is an infection that causes inflammation of brain and spinal cord tissue. Health experts say symptoms can vary but often include fever, severe headache, stiff neck, light sensitivity, drowsiness, confusion, and even nausea and vomiting.

The experts say it is imperative that you see a doctor if you suspect you have meningitis.

This is the second case of viral meningitis in the D.C. region in recent days. Last week, University of Maryland officials alerted students to several reported cases on the UMD campus.

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