New Haven Student Diagnosed with Meningitis Expected to Fully Recover

The student, who was diagnosed with viral meningitis, has not yet returned to New Haven High School.

A New Haven High School student diagnosed with viral meningitis just days before Thanksgiving is expected to make a full recovery.

The student reportedly became ill at school Nov. 19 and was taken to a nearby hospital where doctors initially diagnosed a non-contagious form of bacterial meningitis, according to a letter sent home to parents Nov. 20.

New Haven Superintendent Keith Wunderlich said the diagnosis was later changed to viral meningitis, a much less severe form. 

While there is no specific treatment for viral meningitis, most patients completely recover on their own within seven to 10 days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Wunderlich said the student is expected to make a full recovery, but had not returned to school as of Tuesday.

New Haven High Principal Carl Wagner assured parents in his Nov. 20 letter that every precaution would be taken to ensure the health and safety of students and staff, which included the school's thorough cleaning during the Thanksgiving break.

For more information on meningitis and its symptoms, view the Macomb County Health Department's Meningitis information sheet.


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