Westlake Schools Message to Parents: Possible Case of Meningococcal Disease

Westlake Schools logoWestlake High School parents were informed in a letter to sent to parents yesterday from the Westlake City Schools about a possible case of Meningococcal Disease:

Dear Parent or Guardian:

This letter is to inform you that school officials were notified on Thursday, May 19, that a Westlake High School student is being treated for a potential case of Meningococcal disease.

Meningococcal disease is a bacterial infection that can only be transmitted by close prolonged contact with respiratory secretions of infected individuals. Examples of close contact include kissing, drinking from the same beverage container, or sharing eating utensils. Therefore, only individuals who came in contact with the student’s respiratory secretions in this manner would be considered at risk. This disease cannot be transmitted by casual contact among students who may have attended the same classes as the student. Therefore, preventative treatment is not recommended for casual contacts such as school or work.

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health is in contact with the family to identify potential at-risk students. These individuals will be notified if necessary and receive the recommended course of therapy.

While special cleaning procedures are not indicated by health officials, Westlake High School is implementing a precautionary cleaning protocol throughout the building. Attached is a Meningococcal disease fact sheet with information and links provided through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If you have any concerns, call your family physician or the Cuyahoga County Board of Health at (216) 201-2091.

Sincerely,

The Westlake City Schools

Click the image below to view a fact sheet on Meningococcal Disease.

MeningococcalDiseaseFactSheet2016

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