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Bacterial Meningitis Case at Gaines School Elementary

Clarke County Schools

A pre-K student at Gaines Elementary School went to the hospital Friday, May 12 with symptoms of meningitis. The staff at the school was informed of the illness on Monday, May 14 and the student’s classroom was deep sanitized the same day. On Thursday, the Department of Health confirmed to Clarke County School District officials that the student had tested positive for bacterial meningitis.

Meningitis is an infection of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord and can be life threatening. Currently the administration of Gaines School Elementary is working closely with CCSD officials and the Department of Public Health to ensure that pre-K students and staff all receive preventative medication.

The student in question has remained hospitalized since last Saturday, however word has been received that she is recovering well and will be returning home soon.