Meningitis Case Confirmed at Deerfield Park Elementary

Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013  |  Updated 1:54 AM EDT
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Man Dies From Bacterial Meningitis After Being Sent Home From the Hospital

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Man Dies From Bacterial Meningitis After Being Sent Home From the Hospital

Bryant del la Cruz's family is struggling to come to terms with his quick and unexpected death from bacterial meningitis. His cousin Marta Lucia Gonzalez and uncle Hans Martinez spoke about it. Baptist Hospital, which treated him, said in a statement that it could not provide specific information about treatment because of patient privacy laws, but said it is working closely with the Miami-Dade County Health Department.
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The Broward County Public Schools confirmed Tuesday that a letter was sent to parents about a bacterial meningitis case at Deerfield Park Elementary.

The letter, which advises parents to take precautions, does not disclose whether a student or teacher has been sickened.

"The major signs of meningitis are high fever, chills, tiredness, severe headache, nausea, vomiting, rash, and stiffness in the neck and spine," Principal Jocelyn Reid told parents.

The disease is often spread through sneezing, coughing or sharing drinking glasses, she said. It can take 2-10 days for symptoms to develop after exposure.

A child who develops any of the symptoms should be seen by a health care provider immediately, Reid wrote.

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