Killeen ISD warns parents of bacterial meningitis case

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The Bell County Public Health Department informed Killeen Independent School District officials on Tuesday afternoon that a student from Saegert Elementary was hospitalized with bacterial meningitis.

A letter from Superintendent John Craft was sent out to Saegert Elementary parents, who have also been notified by phone. The letter reads:

Dear Parents and Staff,

The Killeen Independent School District and Saegert Elementary School are continuously working proactively to ensure the safety of our students and staff. This letter is to inform you that we were notified a Saegert Elementary School student has been recently diagnosed with Meningococcal Meningitis. The district has worked and will continue to work with the Bell County Public Health Department and they have advised the district to notify parents of potential symptoms to look for and when to seek medical treatment.  Common symptoms of Bacterial Meningitis in children are:

·            Fever

·            Rash

·            Headache

·            Neck stiffness

·            Vomiting

·            Chills

·            Muscle and joint pain

·            Abdominal pain

If your student exhibits any combinations of the above symptoms, please seek medical attention. 

Meningitis is spread to other people through:

·            Coughing

·            Kissing

·            Sharing anything by mouth (example sharing a water bottle or sharing contaminated objects)

More information regarding Meningococcal Meningitis can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov.The district will be thoroughly cleaning the entire Saegert Elementary School campus this evening, using hospital-grade disinfectant, as well as fogging of all spaces, out of an abundance of caution.

Source: Killeen Independent School District

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