Newton ISD cancels classes over meningitis concerns

NEWTON, Texas (KTRK) -- After a teacher was showing symptoms of meningitis, Newton ISD has cancelled classes for the rest of the week.

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Her parents hope no other families have to go through this, and are asking people to look out for symptoms

Newton is about 150 miles northeast of Houston.

Classes were cancelled Monday through Wednesday. Thursday and Friday were previously scheduled school holidays. Classes will resume Feb. 18.

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Bacterial meningitis can turn fatal in a matter of days, and you're more likely to catch it during the colder, drier months.

The Texas Department of Health said the type of meningitis the teacher had is isolated. They said the illness doesn't face further risk to students or staff.

The school board says their preventative measures of cleaning and disinfecting the campuses will still move forward.
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