A middle-school student with viral meningitis has returned to class at Marsh Grammar School, according to Methuen interim Superintendent Judith Scannell.

"The reports I'm getting is she's doing well," Scannell said.

The school did not see a drop in daily enrollment after the meningitis announcement, Scannell said. The school permitted parents to keep their children at home if they preferred, Scannell said, with students being given an excused absence.

Scannell said she received two phone calls from parents expressing concern, but the district did not receive many phone calls regarding the meningitis announcement.

Marsh Grammar School learned of the viral meningitis case on Monday and the school notified parents that night. The Methuen announcement closely followed the death of a Londonderry, N.H., student of viral meningitis.

Londonderry High School junior Rebecca "Becca" Tenney, 16, died Sunday night at Children's Hospital Boston from complications of the illness.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, viral (aseptic) meningitis is serious but rarely fatal in people with normal immune systems. Usually, the symptoms last from seven to 10 days and the patient recovers completely.

It is usually the side effect of another viral infection. The CDC said people who come in contact with someone with viral meningitis are more likely to get the initial viral infection but only have a small chance of developing meningitis as a complication of the illness.

There is no specific treatment for viral meningitis. Most patients completely recover on their own within two weeks, according to the agency's website.

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