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Lassen high school, community college shut down due to viral meningitis cases

Lassen Co. high school, community college shut down due to viral meningitis cases (MGN Online)

Lassen High School and Lassen Community College have been shut down due to one confirmed case and 21 suspected cases of viral meningitis in Susanville, according to Lassen County Public Health.

Officials say Lassen High School and Lassen Community College will be closed effective immediately for Thursday, Sept. 28 and Friday, Sept. 29. Extracurricular activities have also been canceled.

The schools will tentatively reopen Monday, Oct. 2, according to the health department.

The Lassen Union High School District says it is currently cleaning school buses, the boys locker room and classrooms at the high school.

"We still do not know what virus has caused this," LCPH Director Jessica Jones said. "We are ultimately waiting to find out what this virus is."

According to LCPH, 13 of the meningitis cases have affected those ages 13-18 and the rest are adults 19 or older.

"At this time, there is no indication that it has spread to the population under 13," Jones said.

LCPH says it has been in contact with the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Viral meningitis is an inflammation of the tissue that covers the brain and spinal cord that is caused by a virus. It is typically less severe than bacterial meningitis, and most people recover on their own within 7-10 days, according to LCPH.

The health department says viral meningitis cannot be treated by antibiotics.

Viral meningitis symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Stiff neck
  • Fatigue
  • Some people may also have rash, sore throat, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting

This is a developing story. Check back with us for updates.

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