Message from the IC medical team

Message from the IC medical team

Dear Members of our IC Community,

In response to five reported cases of viral Meningitis among adults working on the IC Ras Beirut campus, the IC medical team consulted yesterday with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education.  Subsequently, the IC leadership and the medical team met this morning to discuss the strategies that the school will adopt to limit the risks of on-campus contamination.

Meningitis is an enterovirus infection that can be transmitted through respiratory and fecal-oral contamination. It is a benign disease basically treated with analgesic/antipyretic.

The inflammation from meningitis typically triggers symptoms such as headache, fever, stiff neck and possibly vomiting.

To help limit the spread of viral meningitis, it is crucial that all members of the community adhere to the following steps:

  • resume mask wearing
  • resume regular handwash often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating and after using the toilet
  • resume the use of hand sanitizers
  • avoid close contact, such as touching and shaking hands, with people who are sick
  • stay home if one develops fever or headacheneck stiffness or vomiting

The School will continue to regularly sanitize classrooms, bathroom doorknobs, toilet seats, faucets etc.

We thank you for your cooperation and support. We will keep you abreast of further developments in the situation and of the subsequent modifications in protective measures that IC will take accordingly.

The medical team