Killeen ISD Chief John Craft sent emails Tuesday to pupils at primary school in Saegert after the Bell County Public Health Department advised officials from the area that a student at the school was hospitalized with bacterial meningitis
"This letter is to inform you that we were informed that the elementary school pupil Saegert was recently diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis. The district has worked and will continue to work with the Belle County Public Health Department and they have advised the district to notify parents about the potential symptoms they are looking for and when to seek medical treatment, according to Craft's letter. more than 20 people with deep cleansing experience will rub surfaces on Tuesday night with a disinfectant for hospital purposes, the area said.
The student travels by bus to school and the bus will be cleansed with a hospital disinfectant on Tuesday night,
The district says it's not certain where the student has infected the disease.
The disciple has a brother and sister who attends the same school, the district said.
Common symptoms of bacterial meningitis in children include fever, rash, headache, neck stiffness, vomiting, chills, pain in the muscles and joints and abdominal pain
Craft encourages parents of all students experiencing such symptoms to seek medical help. Bacterial meningitis can be severe and can lead to brain damage, hearing loss, amputation or learning disabilities, Texas Health Ministry reports.