IMPORTANT MESSAGE from the Ski Travel Canada Ski Trip Director
Montgomery County, MD, High Schools Student Ski Trip this January
Confirmed Case of Viral Meningitis
Bus #5 - Churchill High School
Dear Parent or Caregiver,
Good morning, I wanted to make you aware that a confirmed case of viral meningitis has been reported to Ski Travel. The student is from Churchill High School and was on Bus #5 on the ski trip that returned Tuesday morning (Jan 29).
Please read the following information:
Viral meningitis, also called aseptic meningitis, is an infection caused by a virus. It can cause an infection of the covering of the brain and spinal cord (meningitis). Most people who get mild viral meningitis usually recover completely in 7 to 10 days without treatment. Antiviral medicine may help people with meningitis caused by viruses such as herpesvirus and influenza. It is more common in children than adults.
Because different viruses can cause it, it can be spread in different ways. Some of the ways that viral meningitis can be spread include:
- An infected person coughing or sneezing in someone's face
- An infected person not washing their hands after using the toilet and then preparing food for others
- Sharing eating utensils with an infected person
Signs and symptoms of viral meningitis include:
- Stiff neck
- Red rash
- Nausea and vomiting
If you or your child have any of these symptoms, call your health care provider, immediately. Your health care provider may want to do additional tests to determine that the infection is caused by viral meningitis, and not by the more serious bacterial meningitis.
Here is a link from the CDC with additional information concerning symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of viral meningitis: