• Student Dies

    A second-grade student at Saegert Elementary School, Killeen has died from bacterial meningitis. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services the student who died reportedly had pneumococcal meningitis which is typically more common and less severe than meningococcal meningitis, which is caused by a different bacteria. The state health department said, “131 people […]

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  • Second Case

    A second student at Rutgers University in New Brunswick was hospitalized & diagnosed with bacterial meningitis. The first student had serogroup B meningococcal disease (MenB) & has been released from the hospital. Testing is being done to determine the specific type/serogroup of meningococcal bacteria in the 2nd student. School officials and doctors are trying to […]

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  • Meningitis Season

    Bacterial meningitis is a serious illness. It could kill an infected person in a matter of days if not treated promptly. There is a rise in the number of cases reported during the colder times of the year in the winter & spring months. Dr. Robert Quigley, senior vice president and regional medical director at […]

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  • Nose Drops

    UK doctors are testing nose drops that could help prevent meningitis. The nose drops are retained in the nose and prompts an immune response. The bacteria responsible for meningitis are in the back of “healthy carriers” noses and throats without any signs or symptoms. Professor Robert Read, director of the NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre, […]

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  • Continental Contagion

    It’s a new year and more outbreaks of meningitis are occurring in the area of sub-Sharan Africa. This area of the world has a particularly frequency of meningitis cases every year.  The outbreaks happen so often that this region has the dubious distinction of being known as the “meningitis belt”.  Every year, thousands of sub-Saharan […]

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