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Meningitis Diagnosis for Skippack Elementary Student

Tony Di Domizio

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 • 3:20pm

6abc.com and Perkiomen Valley School District report that a third-grade student at Skippack Elementary School has been hospitalized at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with a meningitis infection.

The incident was reported Tuesday. Symptoms of a meningococcal invasive infection appeared Friday, per the report. Skippack Elementary School Principal Ryan Stanson-Marsh sent out an email to parents to notify them of the case on Tuesday.

The school district urges anyone who had close contact with the infected student to receive antibiotics immediately. Symptoms of an infection include vomiting, diarrhea, a sudden onset of fever, chills, fatigue, stiffness in the neck and headache.

According to the health department, bacteria that causes meningococcal infections is spread by being in close contact with an infected individual’s nose and throat secretions, such as through kissing, sharing toothbrushes, or eating utensils or drinks.

Montgomery County Health Department is investigating the incident. Parents can contact the health department at (610) 278-5117.

School officials say any students or staff who have had close contact with the infected student are urged to receive a preventative prophylactic antibiotic.

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