Parents warned child may have meningitis

February 20, 2008 2:23:22 PM PST
Parents are being warned after a kindergartener has been possibly diagnosed with meningitis.Angleton ISD received information from the Brazoria County Health Department that a kindergarten student at the Early Childhood Campus has been possibly diagnosed with blood-borne meningitis, which is a form of bacterial meningitis that is the more serious and more contagious type of meningitis. The parents of students who have had direct contact with the student were contacted by telephone this afternoon.

"We do not want parents to panic," Assistant Superintendent Dr. Patricia Montgomery said. "Again, we are taking every possible measure to ensure the well-being of all our students and staff. We met with Dr. O'Gorman from the Brazoria County Health Department, and we have already sent home the proper letters and literature to inform parents about the situation."

AISD has sent new letters and a bacterial meningitis fact sheet home with every student in the district.

"We know that all parents are concerned about their children's health," Montgomery said. "We want parents to know that we are too. Our objective right now is to make sure that we give all parents the right information to make certain their children are safe."

Parents are advised to contact a family physician if they have any questions or concerns.

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