DEERFIELD BEACH (CBSMiami) – The parents of students at Deerfield Park Elementary School were notified Tuesday about a case of bacterial meningitis.
The Broward Health Department warned parents via letter of one case of bacterial meningitis, according to Broward Schools.
In these cases, Broward Schools’ notifies parents as a precautionary measure. Also, health officials want parents to be aware in case kids display symptoms.
Symptoms of bacterial meningitis include: high fever, chills, tired, intense headaches, nausea, vomiting, stiffness in the neck and spine and a rash.
The disease is typically spread through direct contact with nasal or throat secretions from the infected person and the disease takes anywhere from 2 to 10 days to incubate.
The CDC says that most of the bacteria that cause meningitis are not as contagious as diseases like the common cold or the flu and that bacterial meningitis isn’t spread by simply breathing the air where an infected person has been.