-- 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.