Tests results negative for meningitis

“...was not meningitis but rather a bacterial disease that had symptoms similar to meningitis.” - Karl Hardt, Interior Health

A student at Glenmerry Elementary School thought to have meningitis has tested negative.

The potential case of the bacterial infection was announced to be the second case in the school in the last few months, but Interior Health (IH) has confirmed that recent tests done on the student have come back clear.

“I have just learned that the recent suspect meningitis case was not meningitis but rather a bacterial disease that had symptoms similar to meningitis,” said Karl Hardt, communications officer with IH. “IH can confirm that there are no public health implications and no increased risk for other students and staff or the community.”

A couple of weeks ago, it was still thought to be meningitis, but a different form than a student previously diagnosed in January.

In the first case, a student was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, and was healthy and back at school before the second potential case came to light.

Symptoms of meningitis include drowsiness, flu-like nausea, sore neck and confusion. For more information, or questions about the infectious disease, call Telehealth B.C. by dialling 811.

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