6 year old Lincoln City child comes down with viral meningitis – believed to be only case in the county
Lincoln County Public Health confirms a viral meningitis case (the least serious of the meningitis variations) in 6-year-old. Officials believe the illness is a single case of viral meningitis.
Lincoln County Health and Human Services is confirming that a 6-year-old Lincoln City child has contracted viral meningitis, but officials don’t believe there are additional cases of viral meningitis in the community. The investigation includes interviews with parents, schools, local doctors and hospitals.
Meningitis refers to inflammation of the meninges, the lining around the brain and spinal cord. The inflammation can be caused by a number of things, including various bacteria, viruses and sometimes parasites.
Meningitis caused by viruses is more common than other types of meningitis, and is usually less severe than meningitis caused by bacteria. Many people are able to recover from viral meningitis on their own, without treatment.
Common symptoms in infants may include: fever, irritability, poor eating, sleepiness or trouble waking up from sleep, and a lack of energy. Common symptoms in adults: fever, headache, stiff neck, sensitivity to bright light, sleepiness or trouble waking up from sleep, nausea, vomiting, lack of appetite, and a lack of energy. Most people with viral meningitis usually get better on their own within 7 to 10 days.
Transmission of Viral Meningitis: If you have close contact with a person who has viral meningitis, you may become infected with the virus that made that person sick. However, you are not likely to develop meningitis as a complication of the illness.
The best way to protect yourself and others from viral infections is:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after changing diapers, using the toilet, or coughing or blowing your nose.
• Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, or sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
• Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your upper shirt sleeve, not your hands.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
• Stay home when you are sick.
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