Saturday, May 29, 2010

High school has bacterial meningitis

A 16 year old student at a Long Island high school is suffering from bacterial meningitis. Two years ago another student died from meningitis at the very same high school.

Meningococcal disease is a bacterial infection of the bloodstream or a thin lining covering the brain and spinal cord caused by the meningococcus germ. The disease is spread by direct close contact with nose or throat discharges of an infected person such as a classroom.

The student was being treated at the hospital and school officials are trying to get in touch with other students who made have been in close contact with the sick student. Others will need to get preventative treatment.

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