Pitt County Student Has Bacterial Meningitis

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Pitt County schools officials tell WITN a "student who attends DH Conley High School was admitted today to Pitt County Memorial Hospital and diagnosed with bacterial meningitis."

Officials say bacterial meningitis is an "inflammation of the tissues covering the brain and spinal cord and is transmitted through close personal contact with an infected person."

Bacterial meningitis can be very serious but can be treated with antibiotics. The earlier treatment begins, the better.

The Pitt County Health Department is "working with the student’s family and the school to identify the close personal contacts of this student. These personal contacts are being notified and prescribed antibiotics to prevent additional cases. Parents should be aware that other cases of meningitis may occur in our community."

Symptoms include:

Fever
Headache
Stiff Neck
Possible vomiting

According to the Centers for Disease Control, "the symptoms of bacterial meningitis can appear quickly or over several days. Typically they develop within 3-7 days after exposure."

According to the CDC, "bacterial meningitis can be treated with a number of effective antibiotics. It is important that treatment be started early in the course of the disease. If bacterial meningitis is suspected, initial treatment with ceftriaxone and vancomycin is recommended. Appropriate antibiotic treatment of the most common types of bacterial meningitis should reduce the risk of dying from meningitis to below 15%, although the risk is higher among the elderly."

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  • by Caroline Location: www.musa.org on May 22, 2010 at 07:37 AM
    MFA is proud to announce the new C.I.S.S. Container Identification Scratch System When we participate in sporting events or mingle at social gatherings it is possible to lose track of our water bottles and/or beverage cans, especially those served in containers that are very similar or identical to a container from which you are drinking. This carries the risk of transmitting an illness, such as meningitis or the common cold or flu. The Container Identification Scratch System, or C.I.S.S., is a fun way to make sure you always know your drink from others. Use it at sporting events or at family gatherings and reduce the waste from forgotten drinks. Simply scratch your number from the C.I.S.S. label and identify your drink. For more information please contact Bob Gold at Ciss.bob@gmail.com and www.musa.org Thank you, Meningitis Foundation of America P O Box 1818 El Mirage AZ 85335 480 270 2652 www.musa.org World Meningitis Day 2010 Saturday 24th April
  • by MUSAorg Location: www.musa.org on May 22, 2010 at 07:36 AM
    The Meningitis Foundation of America (MFA), a national organization, would like the public and media to know that information is available regarding the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of meningitis. MFA was founded by parents whose children were affected by meningitis. In addition to supporting vaccines and other means of preventing meningitis, the MFA provides information to educate the public and medical professionals so that the early diagnosis, treatment and, most important, prevention of meningitis, will save lives. Meningitis is a dangerous and sometimes fatal inflammation of the brain and/or spinal cord that can leave survivors with serious life-long physical problems such as deafness, brain damage and other disabilities, meningitis can sometimes result in loss of limbs. MFA would like to be considered as a news resource for the disease. For further information, visit the MFA website at www.musa.org.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jan 15, 2010 at 11:32 PM
    I don't need to spray down every surface around me but I'm smarter than to let someone slobber on my can of soda that isn't already in regular close contact like a boyfriend or spouse. That's disgusting. In an age when there are incurable, easily transmitted diseases, that is NOT "too careful". But hey, if you want to pick up mono, herpes, menengitis, hepatitis, and a host of other nasty bugs, have fun. I'm also educated enough to know that when you have a constant-contact relationship with an S.O., you develop a couples immunity whereby the two of you are signigicantly less likely to transmit cold & flu viruses to one another. That's an entirely different matter though. I'm happy to say I've never picked up lice or anything else of the sort, because I don't share intimate grooming items with everyone that comes along. Funny how that works. Go ahead though, share your mascara and enjoy the pink eye, staph, skin disease... (yeah, you can get herpes that way too).
  • by to Audra on Jan 15, 2010 at 05:26 PM
    You make me think of these people who spray down a desk or a chair before they sit behind you. You still can catch stuff even if you are careful. Especially if you are too careful.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jan 14, 2010 at 10:59 PM
    I sure am glad my mom taught me not to share my eating utensils, drinks, and personal items like lip balm with other people. (If u want to share food, split it up before you put your mouth on it!) It still amazes me to this day the grown people who have no sense when it comes to these things. I even had a complete stranger one time in the ladies room at a club ask to borrow my mascara. I was polite in my refusal, even though I was frankly disgusted at the request, and she was actually offended - said she didn't have "cooties". Hey, idk, she might. I wouldn't even lend a COMB to a stranger, please! I've been dealing with that same attitude since I was in gradeschool though. More people should take more care, because there are far too many diseases that spread this way - some incurable. Then you wouldn't have to worry so much when something like this comes up. Whatever the case, I hope the student recovers quickly too.
  • by Jackson Location: Smith on Jan 14, 2010 at 10:46 AM
    Bacterial meningitis can be spread in many ways and does not mean that the student is "kissing everyone" posted by "Just Wondering" . It can be contracted by sharing drinks, chapstick, etc and is highly contagious. I am a nurse, and my daughter got Menactra, the meningococcal vaccine routinely recommended by the Centers for Disease Control for all 11 to 18 year olds.
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Jan 14, 2010 at 06:49 AM
    Hope the infection goes away quickly.
  • by to all on Jan 14, 2010 at 05:02 AM
    to all of you worried about your children.. PCS and CDC are working with the family to find out children who have been in close contact with the student. The Health Department is contacting those families/students. The disease is spread through saliva, spit, etc. Even if you are not contacted. . . The symptons are noted above. Be alert to any symptoms your child has. Instead of bashing the school or school board...for "sweeping it under the rug" understand that family has wishes to keep their privacy. Pray for the child and the family.
  • by Nancy Location: Washington on Jan 13, 2010 at 04:14 PM
    My daughter was attending P.S. Jones Middle school 6 years ago and she contracted bacterial meningitis and Beaufort County Schools alerted NO ONE!!!!! She was in the hospital for over a week and after that was alloweed to return for half days for a week. The hospital contacted the CDC and we stayed in contact with them. But just so you all know Beaufirt County Schools didnt tell anyone. Im the one who spread the word. My daughter has fully recovered, thank the lord. I wish a speedy recoverey for this student and I will be praying for all involved.
  • by Amy Location: kidshealth.org on Jan 13, 2010 at 03:55 PM
    How Does Meningitis Spread? Most cases of meningitis — both viral and bacterial — result from infections that are contagious, spread via tiny drops of fluid from the throat and nose of someone who is infected. The drops may become airborne when the person coughs, laughs, talks, or sneezes. They then can infect others when people breathe them in or touch the drops and then touch their own noses or mouths. Sharing food, drinking glasses, eating utensils, tissues, or towels all can transmit infection as well. Some infectious organisms can spread through a person's stool, and someone who comes in contact with the stool — such as a child in day care — may contract the infection. The infections most often spread between people who are in close contact, such as those who live together or people who are exposed by kissing or sharing eating utensils. Casual contact at school or work with someone who has one of these infections usually will not transmit the infectious agent
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