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

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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  1. MeningitisAngels says:

    Our hearts and offer of support go out to this family at this sad time.

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    I am the mother of an only child, Ryan, who died from of meningococcal meningitis & founder/executive director of Meningitis Angels. http://www.meningitis-angels.org .Meningitis does not stop at the dorm room door.

    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.

    According to ACIP/CDC children ages (11) years, teens age 16, ALL upon college entry and all who have compromised immune systems should be vaccinated against meningococcal meningitis.

    The current vaccines are approved for ages down to age 2. There are new vaccines on the horizon to protect infants as young as 9 months from this deadly disease.

    See our national PSA on Infant Meningococcal Disease at http://www.youtube.com/user/MeningitisAngelsPIN?feature=mhee

    Frankie Milley, Founder/National Executive Director, Meningitis Angels

    Pneumococcal and Hib meningitis killed or debilitated thousand and thousands of infants and toddlers before vaccinations. ACIP/CDC Recommends all infants receive vaccine to prevent these deadly forms of meningitis. Talk to your health care provider.

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