Prince George's County Student Dies O...

Prince George's County Student Dies Of Meningitis

There are 9 comments on the NBC 4 Washington, DC story from Oct 7, 2008, titled Prince George's County Student Dies Of Meningitis. In it, NBC 4 Washington, DC reports that:

School and health leaders in Prince George's County are reassured parents that students were not at risk after a seventh-grader died of bacterial meningitis.

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Silver Spring, MD

#1 Oct 8, 2008
Yes, but she picked it up from somewhere. Is that not a concern? Not trying to cause a panic, just increase awareness.
Just me in Lothian MD

Alexandria, VA

#2 Oct 8, 2008
Ripariandweller wrote:
Yes, but she picked it up from somewhere. Is that not a concern? Not trying to cause a panic, just increase awareness.
You are so correct she had to get it from somewhere. Sorry for there loss.
Janet Evans

United States

#3 Oct 8, 2008
My heart goes out to yet another family who has lost a precious loved one from bacterial meningitis. I am one of three families in Cedar Rapids, IA who have lost their children within the past four years to this deadly disease. Meningitis is a dangerous and often fatal inflammation of the brain and/or spinal cord that can also lead to sepsis (blood poisoning). We knew little about meningitis and were not aware that a vaccine was available to help protect our children. This illness mimics the flu and even fools the doctors into a false diagnosis until it is too late. Our children died within 15 hours of the first flu-like symptoms. Families need to be educated on the symptoms and prevention methods. Minutes count so it is crucial to seek medical attention immediately to save the life of your child. Early signs are: fever, leg pain, cold hands and feet and abnormal skin color. Classic signs are: headache, stiff neck, sensitivity to light, fever, vomiting and a rash. Survivors can have long term disabilities such as brain damage, hearing loss, kidney failure, blindness and limb amputations. Adolescents and young adults have an increased risk of contracting this disease due to lifestyle factors. Since the bacteria is spread through air droplets and direct contact with someone who is infected (15% of the population can be carriers), this age group is more susceptible from sharing items by mouth (water bottles, cigarettes, lip balm, eating utensils, kissing, etc.) Crowded living situations, such as dormitories and sleep away camps, add to the risk. A new vaccine (Menactra) protects against four of the five strains – 85% protection is better than zero protection - and has been recommended by the CDC beginning at age 11 through the college years. Our children died from a vaccine preventable disease. Parents, please don’t wait – vaccinate your children. Visit or for valuable information.
Meningitis Angels


#4 Oct 8, 2008
We are so sorry to hear of the death of this girl.
We offer a great support group.

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, .

Too many infants, teens, kids and young adults are left debilitated or die from this vaccine preventable disease.

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
Do you know the early signs of meningitis and blood poisoning which could improve detection of the disease and save lives?
Unrelenting fever, leg pain, cold hands and feet and abnormal skin color can develop within (12 hours) after infection 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. Anyone can get meningitis especially infants, children and teens.

What parents and students should know:
According to ACIP/CDC children ages (11) years through college freshmen should be vaccinated against meningococcal meningitis. The current vaccines are approved for ages (2) years and older. However be informed, there are (5) sero-groups of the disease, all sero-groups are not covered. However the most common in the United States among adolescents and college students is sero-group C and Y, which are.

Infants and toddlers should be vaccinated against pneumococcal meningitis.
Those children in daycare and those of American Indian and African American heritage are at a higher risk for pneumococcal meningitis.

There are no vaccines to prevent viral meningitis.
Frankie Milley, Meningitis Angels, Founder/National Director
Meningitis Angels (Base) Texas

Rockville, MD

#5 Oct 8, 2008

Potomac, MD

#6 Oct 8, 2008
thank you janet for that info, i will be passing it on.
A Parent of a Child

Washington, DC

#7 Oct 8, 2008
My daughter attends the same school of this seventh grader and is a seventh grader too! I am so sorry for the loss of this child. As a community we need to find out what is going on in the schools etc... to help treat the next child with this illness and not lose another baby, teen etc... My heart goes out to the parents because my children are pre-teens and now I'm worried about their health more so now; and not because of what happened to this child but to make sure that we don't lose another so soon in this society. Let's try to get help for this disease!!!

Since: Mar 08

Vienna, VA

#8 Oct 8, 2008
This story is very disheartening. My niece and nephew attend that school. I am not sure if either of them know this girl personally. When I took my son (age 12) in for his annual check-up his pediatrician suggested the vaccination for meningococcal meningitis. She said it was optional but she highly recommends it to all between the ages of 10 - 18 especially those who live in dormitories and those who attend sleep-a-way type camps. It just so happens that my son was going away on a camping trip with the school a few weeks later so I opted on the side of caution and had him vaccinated. It is sad this baby had to die from something that was preventable. I wonder if enough people are told that a simple shot could be all that stands between life and death or a normal life and life with debilitating effects. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of this little girl.

Phoenix, AZ

#9 Oct 10, 2008
The Meningitis Foundation of America (MFA), a national organization, would like the public and media to know that information is available regarding the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of meningitis. MFA was founded by parents whose children were affected by meningitis. In addition to supporting vaccines and other means of preventing meningitis, the MFA provides information to educate the public and medical professionals so that the early diagnosis, treatment and, most important, prevention of meningitis, will save lives. 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 deafness, brain damage and other disabilities, meningitis can sometimes result in loss of limbs. MFA would like to be considered as a news resource for the disease. For further information, visit the MFA website at .

MFA is proud to announce the new C.I.S.S. Container Identification Scratch System
When we participate in sporting events or mingle at social gatherings it is possible to lose track of our water bottles and/or beverage cans, especially those served in containers that are very similar or identical to a container from which you are drinking. This carries the risk of transmitting an illness, such as meningitis or the common cold or flu. The Container Identification Scratch System, or C.I.S.S., is a fun way to make sure you always know your drink from others. Use it at sporting events or at a family gatherings and reduce the waste from forgotten drinks. Simply scratch your number from the C.I.S.S. label and identify your drink. For more information please contact Bob Gold at [email protected] and

Thank you,

Meningitis Foundation of America
P O Box 83602
Phoenix, AZ 85071

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