Meningitis related disease found in Manatee County student

Meningococcal disease
Posted at 5:45 PM, Feb 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-05 16:32:28-05

A meningitis related infection is found in a student enrolled in a Head Start program at Manatee Elementary School in Bradenton.

According to the Florida Department of health in Manatee County, they are working with health care providers, parents and administrator, in response to a case of meningococcal disease in a student enrolled in a head start program.

Meningococcal disease is a very serious infection of the blood or membranes around the brain and is one of the leading causes of meningitis.

The serious disease is contagious, and most common in infants, adolescents and young adults.

The department of Health and school officials have provided preventive medication, in the form of oral antibiotics and information to parents of the 80 children and to 12 staff in the Head Start and VPK programs at Manatee Elementary School.

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