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Community Mourning Boston Student’s Death Due To Probable Case Of Meningitis

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12-year-old Nina Zheng died from a probable bacterial meningitis infection.

12-year-old Nina Zheng died from a probable bacterial meningitis infection.

BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston school community is grieving Tuesday morning after a 12-year-old died from a probable case of bacterial meningitis.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Karen Twomey reports.

Nina Zheng first visited the school nurse at the Boston Latin Academy on Friday. Zheng was immediately taken to the hospital and on Monday, she died.

School superintendent Carol Johnson said officials assembled a team of counselors to be on hand at the school. Members with the Boston Public Health Commission will also provide help.

WBZ-TV’s Sera Congi reports.

About 50 students and faculty who came in close contact with the 7th grader are being treated with antibiotics.

Health officials said the risk of infection is low, but they are still warning everyone to watch for symptoms.

Some parents chose to keep kids at home Tuesday due to the risk of meningitis, but most did attend school.

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