Alabama junior high school reports case of Neisseria meningitidis

Alabama junior high school reports case of Neisseria meningitidis

November 19th, 2017 by Rosana Hughes in Breaking News

A case of Neisseria meningitidis, the bacteria that causes meningitis, was reported at Scotsboro Junior High School in Scottsboro, Ala., late last week.

A letter from the Madison County Health Department advised parents to be alert for signs of the disease, which include sudden fever, headache, stiff neck, confusion and sometimes a rash.

"If any of these signs or symptoms should develop, the student should be taken immediately to a physician or emergency room to be evaluated for possible meningococcal disease," the letter stated.

The letter also urged parents to make sure children are up-to-date on their vaccines.

Meningitis is a highly contagious disease that is spread to others by contact with respiratory and throat secretions, such as saliva or spit. The disease can be very serious, even life-threatening in 48 hours or less, according to the department of health.


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