One student has died from encephalitis, two others are sick, and another has been diagnosed with meningitis. Health officials are wary of declaring an outbreak, but students are staying home for 2 days until further investigation concludes.
The encephalitis death of the 2nd-grader is blamed on Mycoplasma pneumonia (also known as 'walking pneumonia') but does not often turn into meningitis. In meningitis and encephalitis cases, spinal and brain membranes swell during inflammation.
The area has also had an unusual high number of pneumonia cases. Public and private schools are temporarily closed while inspectors solve the mystery.