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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The Monroe County Coroner’s Office has revealed the name of a student who died after concerns arose that he might have had meningitis.

The coroner’s office says 5-year-old Benjamin Bartalone died of natural causes, though specific details have not yet been provided.  That being said, his autopsy proved that he did not die of bacterial meningitis.

While bacterial meningitis has been ruled out, a viral strain is still on the list of possible illnesses he faced.

Last week, some guardians were urged to take their Rogers Elementary School students to their doctors, in an effort to address the possible spread of meningitis – an infection that affects the nervous system.

Symptoms include fevers, headaches, and more, but severe and/or untreated strains can be fatal.