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MTSU student working in Rutherford school has viral meningitis

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MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -

Rutherford County Schools notified parents of Rockvale Middle School that a practicum student from Middle Tennessee State University working in the school has been diagnosed with viral meningitis, according to our news partners at the Daily News Journal.

According to a release, MTSU notified the school system of the student's condition.

The MTSU student worked with a small group of students at Rockvale Middle. He was last at the school on Thursday, Oct. 11, and began showing symptoms on Sunday, Oct. 14.

"We have not been notified of any students showing symptoms of the illness, but we want to make sure parents are aware of the situation so they can monitor their own children," the district statement said.

The school system said parents would be notified of the MTSU student's status by phone Wednesday evening.

Viral meningitis, which is unrelated to the recent cases of fungal meningitis in the news, is commonly transmitted from person-to-person. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, viral meningitis is often characterized by a sudden onset of fever, headache and stiff neck. It is often accompanied by other symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light.

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