MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

February 4, 2013

No school in Okay after employee falls ill

Diagnosis is viral meningitis


— Okay Public Schools will not have classes today following the diagnosis of viral meningitis in a staff member, interim Superintendent David Harlow said.

Crews will be in the school buildings to disinfect them as a precaution, he said.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says viral meningitis is not as severe as bacterial meningitis. The illness usually resolves on its own, although it can be most difficult for infants. Most cases are seen in children younger than 5.

Symptoms may include nausea, sensitivity to light, high fever, stiff neck, severe headache and altered mental status, according to the CDC.