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Parents react to the death of a fourth-grader from possible meningitis

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Parents of Arthur Eddy Academy students like Telicia Young were startled by the news of a fourth grade student who died after a suspected case of bacterial meningitis.

“Scary – makes me nervous to send my son back to school,” Young said.

John McKellar is the director of the Saginaw County Health Department. He said the meningitis has not been confirmed, but the school district took the right precautions to keep other students safe.

“I think the district did exactly what they needed to do,” McKellar said.

That includes making sure the school building is thoroughly cleaned, which is why the school stayed closed on Monday.

“It's passed by saliva and mucous sneezing coughing sharing utensils toothbrushes,” McKellar said.

If you're worried your student may have meningitis, here are some signs and symptoms to look out for:

  • a fever
  • headache
  • stiff back
  • nausea and vomiting
  • confusion

With just two days of school left until Christmas break, Young said her son will be going back to Arthur Eddy tomorrow.

But she said she feels for the family who just lost their young girl.

“It's very sad right before the holidays to lose a child and it's very scary that could have been my child or anyone,” Young said.

>>LEARN MORE: What is the difference between viral and bacterial meningitis?<<

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