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Meningitis suspected in Metro State student's death

There are 6 comments on the Fox 31 KDVR story from Apr 8, 2010, titled Meningitis suspected in Metro State student's death. In it, Fox 31 KDVR reports that:

A student at Metro State College of Denver died Thursday from a suspected case of bacterial meningitis, health officials said.

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Denver, CO

#1 Apr 8, 2010
Meningitis causes the swelling of the brain, and then later usually will cause epilepsy, which is when you have a certain kind of seizure. Meaning there are more than one seizure out there.

Denver, CO

#2 Apr 8, 2010
Patient wrote:
Meningitis causes the swelling of the brain, and then later usually will cause epilepsy, which is when you have a certain kind of seizure. Meaning there are more than one seizure out there.
I thought epilepsy was more of a congenital disorder whereas meningitis is caused by exposure to a bacteria; how does one cause the other?

Denver, CO

#3 Apr 9, 2010
Don't worry Obama's health care kicks in 3 years from now.
Tall Drink of Water

United States

#4 Apr 9, 2010
The word "meningitis" refers to inflammation of the tissues covering the brain and spinal cord. This inflammation can be caused by viruses and fungi, as well as bacteria. Viral meningitis is the most common type: it has no specific treatment but is usually not as serious as meningitis caused by bacteria.

Is there a treatment for meningococcal disease?
Bacterial meningitis can be treated with antibiotics. It is critical to start treatment early.

How common is meningococcal disease in the United States?
There are approximately 2,000-3,000 cases of meningococcal disease each year in the United States. An estimated 125 deaths from meningococcal disease occurred in the United States in 2004.

The disease is most common in children younger than age one year and in persons with certain medical conditions. The proportion of cases in adolescents and young adults has increased in recent years; the rate of invasive disease among persons age 17-20 years is about twice that of the general U.S. population.

What persons are at special risk for meningococcal disease?
Persons at risk include infants, travelers to places where meningococcal disease is common (e.g., certain countries in Africa and Saudi Arabia), people with damaged or missing spleens, and people with certain blood diseases.

Other factors make it more likely an individual will develop meningococcal disease, including having a previous viral infection, living in a crowded household, having an underlying chronic illness, and being exposed to cigarette smoke (either directly or second-hand).

Studies have also shown that college freshmen who live in dormitories are at an increased risk of meningococcal disease compared with others their age.

Level 1

Since: Nov 08

Aurora, CO

#5 Apr 9, 2010
I had meningitis when I was 20 or 21. The doctors asked if I had a cold or flu before the meningitis - I had not. They asked because, the doctor told me, sometimes the flu can turn into meningitis. I had not been sick before hand. When they say the symptoms are quick, that is a very accurate statement. I remember waking up with a pounding headache and by 1pm it hurt so bad, I could barely move. I was in the hospital by that evening and it took just over 3 weeks to recover.
Meningitis Angels


#6 Apr 13, 2010
So sorry to hear about another death from meningitis. Meningitis does not stop at the dorm room door.

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:

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Frankie Milley

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