Bristow Student Diagnosed With Meningitis

Friday, March 23rd 2007, 12:30 pm
By: News On 6

SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) A 7-year-old boy has come down with bacterial meningitis in Creek County, health officials said Friday. The case was confirmed while the child, who is a student at Bristow Public Schools, was on spring break, the Creek County Health Department said.

School officials sent a letter to parents Wednesday stating that health department officials "have determined that none of Bristow Public Schools students is at increased risk of exposure" due to the confirmed case.

The disease is usually passed only through close personal contact. However, parents of the student's classmates have the option of placing their children on antibiotics as a precaution.

There were 15 confirmed cases of bacterial meningitis in Oklahoma last year. The disease involves inflammation of the lining around the brain and spinal cord.

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