SACO – With each new case, parents throughout York County are becoming more worried over the outbreak of viral meningitis.
Saco schools are now taking extra precautions to try and kill this virus that seems to be spreading in York County.
In the past week, seven students from Berwick, Waterboro, and now Saco have all come down with viral meningitis; a contagious disease which causes swelling around the brain and spinal cord.
Saco superintendent Dominic DePatsy told us parents have been notified. Right now, the only common denominators are the students all live and go to school in York County and four of the cases are Madsabesic High School students. Superintendent DePatsy says they’ve been busy disinfecting school classrooms, bathrooms and drinking fountains. “We’re wiping down, especially the room where the student was, double cleaning it. We have staff who has doubled for custodians. Our transportation director is also doing the bus wipe down.”
No one knows yet where or how the Saco Middle School student, or any of the students, came down with this. But some parents are worried more than others.
“I’m trying to stay positive and not think the worst.” Heather Prejean says her daughter, who is getting over a cold, sat next to the student with viral meningitis.
Saco middle school parent Heather Prejean “It definitely went through my head that her immune system was already compromised. But she says she feels great. And for right now I’m just kind of letting it ride out and hope that she continues to feel good.”