Some Students Stay Home From School After Meningitis Case

A letter from the principal was sent to parents and guardians on Tuesday , alerting them of a case of bacterial meningitis at the school.

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    Thirty students did not come to school Wednesday at Deerfield Park Elementary.

    That's double the number of usual absentees.

    A letter from the principal was sent to parents and guardians on Tuesday , alerting them of a case of bacterial meningitis at the school.

    The vast majority of parents did not keep their kids at home.

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    Students returned to class at Coral Reef Senior High School for the first time since Christopher Valdes, 18, died from bacterial meningitis. Friend Cristina Gomez and health department director Lillian Rivera spoke about Valdes.

    "I figured the school would take care of it. Because they’re going to do what they have to do to make sure everyone is healthy and safe" said Justin Williams, father of a student.

    A spokesperson for the Broward County Health department confirmed the case and said the patient was recovering. A disease investigation was conducted at the school and antibiotics were offered to those who had come in close contact with the infected person. This disease is not as contagious as colds or the flu.

    "If you go to the letter exactly what they told you to do watch your child get them to the doctor in time they'll be fine," said great grandmother Mildred Ammons.

    Tangela Knowles said she was concerned about the health of her child and all students at the school but felt well- informed.

    "I mean they told you about the symptoms everything you need to look for, so of course I'll look for the symptoms in her and I'll take her to the doctor immediately if anything happens," said Knowles.

    The Centers for Disease Control says there are around 4,100 cases of bacterial meningitis a year in the us and 500 deaths. Symptoms include: sudden onset of fever, headache, stiff neck nausea, vomiting and mental confusion.

    Symptoms usually start three to seven days after exposure.

    "I just told my child not to share any drinks or any pencils or anything with any of her classmates and use the sanitizer more than usual. Other than that you just keep watch on them" said Valerie Laurent while she waited to pick up her child after school.

    The best way to protect your child against bacterial meningitis is through immunization according to the CDC. There vaccine against three different kinds of a that cause this serious illness.