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Area Student Dies From Bacterial Meningitis

The New Hanover Elementary School student has not been identified.

 

A student from New Hanover Elementary School has died from Bacterial Meningitis, according to ABCLocal.

Staff of the school, located in the Boyertown School District, said the child developed the meningitis while battling Pneumonia.

The Boyertown acting Superintendent Robert L. Scoboria issued a statement to school district parents on Friday, sending his condolences to the child’s family and friends, according to the Reading Eagle.

The letter stated that the health department believes the situation did not post a danger to students in the school, as the type of bacteria is not spread by casual contact.

MeningitisAngel April 29, 2013 at 03:41 PM
We are so very sorry for the loss of this child. I am the mother of an only child, Ryan, who died from of meningococcal meningitis & founder/national executive director of Meningitis Angels. www.meningitis-angels.org . There are vaccines available to prevent pneumococcal, HIb and Meningococcal Meningitis. The CDC recommends all infants be immunized against Hib and Pneumococcal Meningitis. Meningococcal disease is a serious, vaccine-preventable infection. The meningococcal conjugate vaccine is recommended for all 11-18 year olds. Kids should get this vaccine at their 11-12 year old check-up with other preventive services. Kids 13-18 years old who haven’t gotten the vaccine can get it any time.” Each year in this country infants, children, teens and young adults are left seriously debilitated from meningococcal disease. Some with the loss of limbs and their faces. Some are left with severe organ damage, seizure disorder, brain damage, digestive disorders, anemia, blindness, deafness, and more. Worse,some die. Some early signs of the disease are unrelenting fever, leg pain, cold hands & feet & abnormal skin color. These can develop within (12 hours) after infection long before the more classic signs of the illness such as a rash, headache, stiff neck, sensitivity to light and impaired consciousness and death. Keep up with us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/MeningitisAngels/?fref=ts
Brittany Tressler (Editor) April 29, 2013 at 05:23 PM
Thank you very much for this information.

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