Kingwood High School student hospitalized for bacterial meningitis

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HUMBLE, Texas — A Kingwood High School student has been hospitalized after being diagnosed with bacterial meningitis. A letter was sent out to parents to explain the situation and to diffuse any fears parents may have. There is an explanation about what kind of meningitis the student is suffering from and that it is note the form of meningitis associated with Meningococcal Disease.

Here is the letter that the school sent to parents:

January 28, 2015

Dear Parents,
 
We are deeply saddened to share the news that one of our students was hospitalized today, Wednesday, January 28, with a preliminary diagnosis of Streptococcus Pneumoniae bacterial meningitis.  Our thoughts and prayers are with this student’s family due to the serious nature of his condition.
It is only natural to become alarmed anytime one hears the word “meningitis,” but it is important for you to know that this case is NOT Meningococcal Disease. While there are different types of meningitis, Meningococcal Disease is commonly recognized to be contagious and occur in epidemics.  Meningococcal Disease is caused by a bacteria called Neisseria meningitidis. 
Streptococcus Pneumoniae bacterial meningitis occurs when an infection spreads to the tissue covering the brain and spinal cord. It is not considered to put others at increased risk.
 
We worked with the family to share information with you about this so that you would have facts and not rumors.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Ted Landry
Principal

 

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