Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Warning about Meningitis Case Sent to Parents in Dupo School District

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Warning about Meningitis Case Sent to Parents in Dupo School District

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Letters were sent home with all 1,400 students in the Dupo school district this week alerting them that a preschool child had been diagnosed with bacterial meningitis.

The illness can be life-threatening, but Superintendent George J. Taubenheim said the infected child, though hospitalized, had been taken out of intensive care and was expected to recover fully.

The child attended Hough School, which has 237 students in preschool through sixth grade. Taubenheim said the district is not identifying the child by name, age or sex to protect the child's privacy. Bacterial meningitis is caused by the microorganism Neisseria meningitidis. According to the St. Clair County Health Department, it is not highly contagious. Parents were cautioned to watch for early symptoms and seek immediate medical help if they should appear. They include: * Fever, which may rise suddenly. * Severe and persistent headache and muscle aches. * Stiffness of the neck (except in infants). …

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