Second Child Dies Of Meningitis

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Updated: 3/12/2010 9:27 am Published: 3/11/2010 11:19 am

UPDATE -- FOX23 News has confirmed that another student has died from meningitis.  An 8-year-old girl is the second person from the Oologah-Public School system to die from meningitis.  Early today a 7-year-old boy died.

State and local public health officials are now investigating sic children from the area who become ill with symptoms.  Laboratory testing has confirmed two cases of menigococcal disease.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health has opened a phone bank to provide information to the public. Callers can dial toll-free 1-866-278-7134 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. this evening, and tomorrow, Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

UPDATE -- Officials with Oolagah-Talala Public schools have said that all classes and activities will be canceled Friday. 

UPDATE -- The Rogers County Sheriffs office is asking that all parents retrieving their children go to the lower elementary where health officials will provide a screening.  Children must be escorted by parents or guardians in order to enter into the screening.

UPDATE -- Officials from the Rogers County Health Department and Oklahoma State Department of Health are investigating potential cases of meningococcal disease in the Oologah-Talala elementary public school.

Four children have become ill with symptoms and one child has died. Laboratory testing has confirmed at least one case of meningococcal disease and tests are pending on the other three.

As a preventive measure, local and state health department personnel are on site working with school officials today to offer antibiotics to lower elementary school children and close contacts with cases. Parental consent will be required.

A press release sent out by the Oklahoma Department of Heath stresses that the general public is not at risk.  Only persons who have had close, personal contact to a person with a meningococcal infection have a slightly increased risk of developing the disease. 

OOLOGAH, OK -- FOX23 News has confirmed that one Oologah Lower Elementary student has died from bacterial meningitis.  Two other students have been taken to the hospital, and health department officials are at the school.

Details of the death and the child's name and age were not released.

A press conference is planned as soon as officials gather more information. A letter is being prepared to send home with students giving instructions to parents on how to handle the outbreak.

FOX23 News has a crew on the scene and will bring you complete details as they become available.

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pvang - 3/12/2010 7:45 PM
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My prayers and thoughts goes out to the MOUA and Thomson Family..These kids had a future coming along but was cut short..Hopefully the health dept could do whatever it takes to get rid of the disease at the school..Please..make it a safe place for the childrens and staffs..

FMilley - 3/11/2010 5:41 PM
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This is a deadly fast moving disease. There is a vaccine for age 2 and over. I am the mother of an only child, Ryan, who died from of meningococcal meningitis and the founder and executive director of a national organization, Meningitis Angels. What is meningitis? Meningitis is a dangerous and sometimes fatal inflammation of the brain and/or spinal cord that can leave survivors with serious life-long physical problems such as, organ failure, blindness, deafness, loss of limbs, severe seizures, brain damage and other disabilities. You should also understand meningococcemia and sepsis. Signs and Symptoms The early signs of meningitis and blood poisoning which could improve detection of the disease and save lives are unrelenting fever, leg pain, cold hands and feet and abnormal skin color can develop within (12 hours) after infection and long before the more classic signs of the illness such as a rash, headache, stiff neck, sensitivity to light and impaired consciousness, debilitation or death. What parents and students should know: According to ACIP/CDC children ages (11) years through college freshmen should be vaccinated against meningococcal meningitis. Infants and toddlers should be vaccinated against pneumococcal and HIB meningitis. Those children in daycare and those of American Indian, Eskimo and African American heritage are at a higher risk for some forms of meningitis. There are no vaccines to prevent viral meningitis. Visit the American Academy of Pediatrics, Sound Advice on Vaccines: Help Stop Meningitis! Please join our cause and feature on your face book page. Stomping Out Meningitis Frankie Milley

RN1122 - 3/11/2010 3:19 PM
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*** FYI *** The incubation period (the time it takes to develop the first symptoms of a disease from when a person was first exposed to an organism) for meningococcal disease is usually between two and ten days. I watched the interview at Oologah School this afternoon on the net.I don't believe I heard any questions related to the Incubation period for this bacteria.I thought it might be helpful to post it.

RN1122 - 3/11/2010 3:12 PM
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This is serious.
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