Rare meningitis case confirmed at Muncie middle school

Muncie Community School alerted parents this week after a middle school student was diagnosed with a case of meningitis.

Parents and students of Wilson Middle School were notified in a letter that there was just one case and it was not an outbreak, according to Nancy Wagner, a nurse with the Delaware County Health Department.

Officials said the student was diagnosed with Neisseria meningitis, a fast, aggressive strain of the bacterial infection that can cause high fever, rashes, vomiting, confusion and even death.  The bacteria is transmitted through saliva and is not airborne.

Wagner said school are considered a low risk.  However, a patient’s close family members and friends are considered high-risk people.  In this student’s instance, Wagner said those close to the patient were treated with antibiotics.  She said no other cases have been reported.

The strain is relatively rare, with only two reported cases in Delaware Co. last year.  Approximately 30 to 40 cases are reported statewide each year.

Wagner said the student is recovering.

4 comments

  • Jenn

    Not all parents were notified by the school via a letter or the Honeywell Instant Alert System. Some of us only got partial stories from other children and school officials yesterday. But after much investigation I found out what was going on yesterday evening and this morning.

  • parentswhoprotect

    As a parent who lost a child to this same type of meningitis, also called meningococcal meningitis, caused by the Neisseria bacteria, I hope all parents know that the CDC recommends routine vaccination for this, starting with one dose at 11-12 years of age, and another dose 5 years later, before college entry. Please visit the National Meningitis Association Web site for more information. No one should lose a child to a vaccine-preventable disease.

  • S Johnson

    My daughter also died from this same illness although they could not culture the bacteria, only identify it visually. They just call it sepsis because of that. She was just 11.

  • Jenn

    It is mandatory that they have the vaccination at the beginning of 6th grade or they are not allowed to attend. However, the vaccination does not prevent Meningitis. It reduces the chances but does not prevent it. However, the school should have done more to make parents award. I can say this because my daughter goes to Wilson.

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