Lone Peak High School

Lone Peak High School in Highland photographed on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. 

There’s been a viral meningitis outbreak involving Lone Peak High School students.

Less than 10 of the students have contracted viral meningitis, according to Aislynn Tolman-Hill, public information officer for the Utah County Health Department.

“It’s likely they initially caught the virus before school even started,” Tolman-Hill said.

The Health Department is investigating the cases and a letter has been sent to parents. The department is currently working closely with the school.

According to Tolman-Hill, an outbreak is unlikely at the school.

Viral meningitis is an inflammation of the tissue that covers the spinal cord and brain. Symptoms can include headache, fever, stiff neck and vomiting. It can be spread through people who are in close contact with each other, sharing drinks or kissing.

Prevention measures include washing hands frequently, staying current with vaccinations and staying home when sick.

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