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01/04/2007 08:57 PM ID: 59334 Permalink   

20,000 Students Stay Home During Possible Meningitis Outbreak


One student has died from encephalitis, two others are sick, and another has been diagnosed with meningitis. Health officials are wary of declaring an outbreak, but students are staying home for 2 days until further investigation concludes.

The encephalitis death of the 2nd-grader is blamed on Mycoplasma pneumonia (also known as 'walking pneumonia') but does not often turn into meningitis. In meningitis and encephalitis cases, spinal and brain membranes swell during inflammation.

The area has also had an unusual high number of pneumonia cases. Public and private schools are temporarily closed while inspectors solve the mystery.

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  It would suck...  
...if you were one of the few kids actually sick with a cold while everyone else got the day off to avoid meningitis.
  by: TheSureshot   01/04/2007 09:31 PM     
It would suck more to have meningitis. Trust me, I know! I survived it.
  by: theironboard     01/05/2007 10:18 AM     
  Strong pnuemonia?  
What is really strange this year is in my school, my students have been sicker than they've ever been, for longer, and with more potent viruses. Three students (between two classes) have had pnuemonia, one was hospitalized for a week, and half our staff had a really nasty version of Strep this year (causing nearly 103 degree fevers in full grown adults!).

Superbugs. We need a bigger can of Raid.
  by: slayergrl99   01/06/2007 01:35 PM     
that a plauge might be brewing in the horizon?
  by: funkman   01/07/2007 10:18 AM     
  Its directly related to the weather .....  
(most of this statement is based on personal findings and NOT scientific study directly)

I firmly believe this years outbreaks are a directly caused by the warm weather. Currently I'm in north east Indiana, and it is quite warm here this morning. Although these temperatures are not unheard of and still no where near the records, those record years saw the same issues.
Most insects killed by the cold remain, my money is on record mosquito outbreaks later this year with a proportional rise in illness related to them, flies still run abundant, and other land dwellers like beetles can still be found. Personally allergic to molds, my allergies have gone haywire and this years strain of the flu is more rampant because it can survive the outside air better. Along with a different virus that appeared this year with flu like symptoms, other virus related illnesses are high for this time of year as well.

Just my 2 cents worth of findings from my local area. This story helps me quiet the fools around here that believe the illnesses are some form of terror plot, and/or this area is the only one subjected to such plight.

On another note, TIB, I'm disappointed, no where in your summary does it mention the location of this story, I guessed correctly based on the name of the source. I'm surprised you missed that. Other then that great find, keep up the good work.
  by: netwerk     01/07/2007 12:30 PM     
Are your teachers trained up on Moodle in case of a real epidemic?
  by: theironboard     01/07/2007 01:03 PM     
a girl in my college got Meningitis but to protect her they wouldnt tell anyone who she was! then I found out she was in my class, they didnt do anything! bastards!
  by: koultunami     01/09/2007 01:05 PM     
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