Four students at a Gloucester County school have been diagnosed with viral meningitis.


Braden Gunem, ThinkStock reports that the students are from Pitman High School. The outbreak has been reported to the county health department.

According to, the school is working with the county health department to keep it from spreading. Ditty Mae Jankauskas, the director of nursing at the Department of Health, told that students need to make sure they don't share eating utensils or water bottles.

Viral meningitis, which is spread through contact with another person, is the most common type of meningitis and typically less severe than bacterial meningitis, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Most patients get better within seven to 10 days without treatment.

Symptoms of viral meningitis, according to the CDC, include:

  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stiff neck
  • Headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Sleepiness or trouble waking up from sleep
  • Sensitivity to bright light
  • Lack of appetite
  • Lethargy (a lack of energy)