4 Wyoming schools close after possible meningitis case

February 22, 2019

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A school district in southern Wyoming has closed four of its campuses over fears that a fourth-grade student might have contracted bacterial meningitis.

KTWO-AM reports Carbon County School District No. 2 canceled classes Thursday at the elementary schools in Hanna, Elk Mountain and Medicine Bow, as well as the high school in Hanna. Classes will resume Monday after the campuses are disinfected.

Kim Deti, a spokeswoman for the Wyoming Department of Health, says meningitis has not yet been confirmed and there is no public health threat.

Superintendent Jim Copeland says student involved attends Hanna Elementary, and the other schools were closed as a precaution. The child has since been hospitalized.

Meningitis is an infection of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord.


This story has been updated to correct that meningitis has not been confirmed.


Information from: KTWO-AM, http://www.k2radio.com/