The Brazos County Health District reports a student at a Bryan Independent School District Disciplinary Alternative Educational Program has become ill with bacterial meningitis.
The Brazos County Health District and Bryan ISD are collaborating to coordinate the investigation of the disease and the treatment of people who may have been exposed to the student.
Test results on the student indicate the causative organism is a bacterium called Neisseria meningitidis, which is contagious. The bacteria are spread during close contact through the exchange of respiratory and throat secretions – such as coughing, the sharing of sharing food utensils, food, drinks, gum and cigarettes or kissing.
People in the same household, or anyone with direct contact with a patient’s oral secretions (such as a
boyfriend or girlfriend) would be considered at increased risk of acquiring the infection. People who qualify as close contacts of a person with an infection caused by N. meningitidis should receive antibiotics to prevent them from getting the disease.
Common symptoms of bacterial meningitis include fever, a headache and a stiff neck. Other symptoms may include a rash, nausea, vomiting, discomfort looking into bright lights, confusion and sleepiness.
If you have any questions about this illness, you can call the Brazos County Health District at 979-361-4440 or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website here.
Source: Brazos County Health District