Health scares at 3 Long Island schools
Three Long Island schools are facing health scares related to viral meningitis and the MRSA staph infection.
Two cases of viral meningitis were discovered at schools in Hauppauge and Greenlawn.
A student at Oldfield Middle School is the third student in the Harborfields School District to contract viral meningitis. Two siblings from Harborfields High School were infected last week, but have already returned to school.
The second person with viral meningitis is an after-school child care employee who works at the Forest Brook Elementary School in Hauppauge. The person has not been identified, but letters have been mailed to parents notifying them of the diagnosis.
A junior high school student from West Babylon has also contracted a MRSA infection. Health officials say there have been two cases of MRSA since the start of the school year.
According to Suffolk's health commissioner, the cases are not uncommon and do not pose a public threat. He says his department is meeting with school districts to go over proper sanitizing and disinfecting procedures.
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