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  • Meningitis outbreak concerns Shelby Co. TN doctors

    09/09/2014 10:48:34 AM PDT · by GailA · 22 replies
    WMC ^ | 9/5/14 | NA
    MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) - Three Tennesseans are dead following an outbreak of fungal meningitis. In all, 25 cases have been reported in the state. Officials at the Memphis Shelby County Health Department say these meningitis outbreaks have been contained to Middle and East Tennessee. They say there have been no reported cases of meningitis in Memphis, Shelby County, or other parts of West Tennessee.
  • Gay men concerned after LA meningitis deaths

    04/05/2014 1:07:58 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 64 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 5, 2014 | CHRISTOPHER WEBER,
    WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — In the heart of this close-knit gay community, Luke Martel reflects the feelings of many when it comes to a strain of meningitis that has killed three gay men this year in Los Angeles County: He's concerned but not overly so.
  • 4th meningitis case confirmed at UC Santa Barbara

    12/02/2013 7:39:07 PM PST · by chrisinoc · 9 replies
    NBC News ^ | December 2, 2013 | JoNel Aleccia
    Parties and other social events may be curtailed at the University of California, Santa Barbara after a fourth case of meningitis was confirmed in a potentially deadly outbreak that has left one student permanently disabled. Santa Barbara County public health officials on Monday urged the school to suspend some campus events, including Greek fraternity and sorority parties, after an 18-year-old male student was diagnosed as the fourth case in a month.
  • Emergency meningitis vaccine will be imported to halt Ivy League outbreak

    11/15/2013 7:26:30 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    NBC News ^ | 5 hours ago | JoNel Aleccia,
    Emergency doses of a meningitis vaccine not approved for use in the U.S. may soon be on the way to Princeton University to halt an outbreak of the potentially deadly infection that has sickened seven students since March. Government health officials said Friday they have agreed to import Bexsero, a vaccine licensed only in Europe and Australia that protects against meningitis B, a strain not covered by the shots recommended for college students in the U.S.
  • For Gay Men, a Fear That Feels Familiar (meningitis the new AIDS)

    05/19/2013 12:00:54 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 131 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 17, 2013 | ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS
    ... A new, casually transmittable infection — a unique strain of bacterial meningitis — has cast a pall over the gay night life and dating scene, with men wondering whether this is AIDS, circa 1981, all over again. Seven men have died in New York City, about a third of diagnosed cases, since 2010. And in the last few months, the contagion seemed to be accelerating. It has targeted gay and bisexual men, and nobody knows exactly why. The city’s best hope to curb the outbreak is to vaccinate as many at-risk men as possible, focusing on those most in...
  • Genome sequencing provides unprecedented insight into causes of pneumococcal disease

    05/08/2013 3:34:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies
    Biology News Net ^ | May 5, 2013 | NA
    A new study led by researchers from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in the UK has, for the first time, used genome sequencing technology to track the changes in a bacterial population following the introduction of a vaccine. The study follows how the population of pneumococcal bacteria changed following the introduction of the 'Prevnar' conjugate polysaccharide vaccine, which substantially reduced rates of pneumococcal disease across the U.S. The work demonstrates that the technology could be used in the future to monitor the effectiveness of vaccination or antibiotic use against different species of bacterial...
  • Another killer disease striking homosexuals

    04/15/2013 12:09:44 PM PDT · by wesagain · 87 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | April 15, 2013 | Garth Kant
    "Health officials work to diffuse fears of national epidemic"“Gay” sex is becoming even more dangerous. Health officials are warning sexually active “gay” men about an outbreak of potentially deadly bacterial meningitis in Los Angeles and New York. The disease has infected 22 people in New York and caused seven deaths since 2010. Health officials in Los Angeles are testing to see if the strain infecting “gay” men there is the same one hitting New York. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation began offering free meningitis vaccines today after a “gay” man from West Hollywood was declared brain dead on Friday. Thirty-three-year-old lawyer...
  • Warning About Bacterial Meningitis Sounded by West Hollywood, Health Officials

    04/12/2013 8:38:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    nbc ^ | Friday, Apr 12, 2013 | Updated 6:05 PM PDT | Melissa Pamer
    Officials in West Hollywood are warning members of the public to protect themselves against meningococcal infection, an illness caused by a bacteria or virus that can be fatal. City Councilman John Duran held a news conference Friday afternoon alongside Chris Brown, director of health and mental health for the LA Gay and Lesbian Center, to sound an alarm. Duran told NBC4 one of his long-time supporters -- a 33-year-old gay man -- had been diagnosed with meningitis two days ago, was hospitalized and is now in a coma. The man died Friday afternoon, Duran said. The man had attended an...
  • Meningitis Spreading Via Anonymous Sex in NYC (among blades)

    03/22/2013 3:00:34 PM PDT · by neverdem · 47 replies
    ABC News ^ | Mar 22, 2013 | Katie Moisse
    New York City health officials are urging some men to get vaccinated against meningitis amid an outbreak that has sickened 22 New Yorkers and killed seven. The dangerous strain of bacterial meningitis appears to be spreading through sexual encounters between men who meet through websites or smartphone apps, or at bars or parties, according to the City’s health department. More than half of the infected men have had HIV, a virus that attacks the immune system making infections more likely and more severe. “Vaccination is the best defense,” City health commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said in a statement. “I urge...
  • City Health Officials Warn Some (Gay) Men on Lethal Strain of Meningitis

    03/22/2013 7:28:03 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 34 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 21, 2013 | ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS
    It is a variant of a disease that can go from a fever and headache to a galloping rash and then to death within hours — so quickly that some victims have been found dead in bed before they could even get to a doctor. Over the last two years, it has appeared only among men, and they often got it, health officials say, through anonymous sexual encounters with other men found through Internet chat rooms or digital apps or at parties, making it all but impossible to trace the path of infection. It is a unique strain of bacterial...
  • Fungal Meningitis Deaths Climb to 21; 271 Infections

    10/20/2012 6:11:08 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    -Excerpt- Nearly 14,000 patients may have received the fungus-contaminated shots distributed by the New England Compounding Pharmacy in Framingham, Mass., since May. -Excerpt- A second pharmacy connected to the NECC is also being investigated. Ameridose LLC said on Friday that it has agreed to extend a temporary shutdown while state and federal regulators continue an investigation into the company. Ameridose, based in Westborough, Mass., shares some common ownership with NECC. Investigators launched an investigation on Oct. 10.
  • CDC says deaths rise to 19 in worsening meningitis outbreak

    10/18/2012 4:22:08 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 13 replies
    The number of U.S. deaths from fungal meningitis linked to potentially contaminated steroid injections rose to 19 with confirmation of two new fatalities in Tennessee and one each in Florida and Virginia, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday. The deadly outbreak of the rare disease showed no signs of abating, as 14 new cases of meningitis were reported, bringing the national total to 245, plus two peripheral infections in joints.
  • Inside the New England Compounding Center

    10/17/2012 2:10:04 PM PDT · by petitfour · 9 replies
    CBS News ^ | 10/15/2012 | LAURA STRICKLER
    NEW YORK A former employee of the New England Compounding Center, under scrutiny as a result of the nationwide meningitis outbreak which has claimed 15 lives to date, said questions about whether NECC was engaging in specialty compounding or was crossing over into manufacturing were actively discussed by company management as far back as 2009. The former employee, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity, told CBS News that New England Compounding Center's insurance contract in 2009 "had a very clear manufacturing exclusion in their policy, " meaning the company was not covered for manufacturing, only smaller specialty compounding.
  • Dirty shoes? How did US steroids get contaminated?

    10/17/2012 3:35:59 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    Financial Express ^ | Oct. 17, 2012
    Was it some moldy ceiling tiles? The dusty shoes of a careless employee? Or did the contamination ride in on one of the ingredients? There are lots of ways fungus could have gotten inside the Massachusetts compounding pharmacy whose steroid medication has been linked to a lethal outbreak of a rare fungal form of meningitis. The outbreak has killed at least 15 people and sickened more than 200 others in 15 states. Nearly all the victims had received steroid injections for back pain. Federal and state investigators have been tight lipped about any problems they may have seen at the...
  • CDC says another 19 people diagnosed with meningitis in U.S. outbreak (over 230 cases now)

    10/16/2012 4:49:34 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 22 replies
    Another 19 people have been diagnosed with fungal meningitis linked to possibly tainted vials of a steroid medication, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to 231. The CDC said there were two additional cases of infection in joints after a steroid injection but these were not confirmed as meningitis, bringing the total of infections nationwide to 233. The death toll from the unprecedented outbreak was unchanged at 15, the CDC said.
  • Deval shoots down absentee slam amid latest FDA warning

    10/16/2012 7:12:06 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 4 replies
    BostonHerald.com ^ | October 16, 2012 | Chris Cassidy
    Even as Gov. Deval Patrick was brushing off criticism he’s been off stumping for President Obama amid the state drug lab scandal and the deadly meningitis outbreak traced to a state licensed pharmacy, the FDA warned yesterday that other drugs produced by the Framingham compounding company could be tainted with the lethal disease.
  • Meningitis Death Toll Rises To 15

    10/14/2012 3:45:19 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 28 replies
    WBUR/AP ^ | Oct 13, 2012
    -excerpt- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the outbreak has now sickened 197 people in a 13 states.
  • Health officials enlist local police in growing meningitis scare

    10/08/2012 12:17:12 PM PDT · by Selene · 13 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | October 8, 2012 | Reuters
    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported 91 cases in nine states on Sunday, up from 64 on Saturday. Health authorities scrambled on Monday to identify more cases of a rare form of meningitis, including enlisting local police to find people who might be infected by tainted steroid injections that have so far killed seven people. The widening outbreak has alarmed federal and state health officials and focused attention on regulation of pharmaceutical compounding companies like the one that produced the drugs, the New England Compounding Center Inc in Framingham, Massachusetts. In Ohio, health officials said Monday they are mobilizing...
  • 4 Dead from Rare Meningitis, More Cases Expected

    10/04/2012 7:31:35 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 10 replies
    Fox/AP ^ | October 04, 2012
    -excerpt- All received steroid injections, mostly for back pain, a fairly typical treatment.
  • 9-year-old dies from brain infection caused by amoeba

    08/09/2012 11:50:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    FoxNews ^ | August 09, 2012
    <p>STILLWATER, Minn. – Health officials have closed Lily Lake to swimmers until further notice while the Minnesota Department of Health investigates the death of a boy who appears to have died from a rare form of meningitis caused by an amoeba found in warm freshwater.</p>
  • TX College Students Under 30 Required to Get Meningitis Vaccine

    01/09/2012 8:41:41 PM PST · by Altariel · 9 replies · 1+ views
    KTEN ^ | December 14, 2011 | Jennifer French
    DENISON, TX--College students may have to visit the doctor before they enroll next semester. The State of Texas now requires all students under 30 to get a meningitis vaccine. Starting in January 2012, Grayson County College students will have to follow suit. Those who have already been vaccinated only need to show a proof of immunization. "We really need to have them immunized and have proof of immunization," Shelle Cassell said, Grayson County College Director of Marketing/Public Information. There is an exception process that the state has put in place if you have religious beliefs or if you have a...
  • Texas: Mandatory meningitis shots for all newly enrolling college students

    08/21/2011 1:57:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | August 20, 2011 | Andrea Ball
    Starting in January, newly enrolling students in public or private colleges under age 30 will be required to be vaccinated for meningitis. The recently passed law targets all first-time and transfer students. Students can opt out of the requirement for health, religious or other reasons, but they need to file paperwork to do so. Students enrolled at online universities are also exempted. With than 1 million Texans enrolled in higher education programs, the law is expected to affect several hundred thousand people across the state,.. Now colleges are increasing their efforts to make sure students get their shots and get...
  • Genetic differences that make some people susceptible to meningitis revealed in major new study

    08/08/2010 10:45:35 AM PDT · by decimon · 7 replies
    Imperial College London ^ | August 8, 2010 | Unknown
    Genetic differences that make some people susceptible to developing meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia, and others naturally immune, are revealed in a new study of over 6,000 people, published today in Nature Genetics. The research, led by Imperial College London and the Genome Institute of Singapore, is the largest ever genetic study of meningitis and septicaemia caused by meningococcal bacteria. It suggests that people who develop these diseases have innate differences in their natural defences that leave them unable to attack meningococcal bacteria successfully. Although several different bacteria and viruses cause meningitis, meningococcal bacteria cause one of the most devastating forms...
  • Girl texted pics of herself

    07/30/2010 12:54:21 PM PDT · by frithguild · 34 replies · 2+ views
    The Sun - UK ^ | July 30, 2010 | STAFF REPORTER
    A DESPERATE woman texted photos of herself slowly DYING to her mum as she lay suffering on a hospital bed - being ignored by NHS doctors. Tragic Jo Dowling, 25, sent over forty messages to her mother and best friend including pictures of a deadly rash spreading across her body as her life ebbed away. The pretty youngster was diagnosed by her family GP with suspected Meningococcal Septicaemia after developing a purple skin rash and low blood pressure last November. She was rushed to Milton Keynes Hospital where A&E doctors rejected the diagnosis believing instead her illness was a mild...
  • Boy, 10, dies of meningitis after being wrongly diagnosed with a migraine (Not So Great Britain)

    10/21/2009 4:44:01 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies · 1,091+ views
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | Oct. 21, 2009 | Paul Sims
    A boy of 10 died from meningitis after doctors wrongly diagnosed a migraine and told his mother to give him calpol, an inquest was told yesterday. William Cressey saw five doctors in three days before finally suffering 'catastrophic' brain damage. His mother, Cheryl, 48, repeatedly told doctors that she suspected meningitis but each time was ignored, she said. Just hours before he died the schoolboy begged one of those doctors: 'Please help me. I'm going to die.' By then his face was so swollen that he could barely see and he was drifting in and out of consciousness. Wiping tears...
  • Conservatives Pounce On Michelle Obama: Meningitis Remarks A Lie?

    10/07/2009 4:27:55 AM PDT · by luckybogey · 30 replies · 2,003+ views
    CBS News ^ | Octoer 6, 2009 | Declan McCullagh
    It seemed to be a perfect example of a tasteless political fib: Michelle Obama invoking a heart-wrenching but untrue story about her daughter Sasha's medical woes. A conservative blogger concluded: "Today Mrs. Obama says (Sasha) was four months old but fortunately did not have meningitis. Yet just eight days ago her husband said she was three months old and was diagnosed with meningitis." One blog used the opportunity to reprint the Obama-as-Joker photo, HotAir.com called it "serious incompetence" on the Obamas' part, it appeared on Breitbart.tv, and the crowd over at FreeRepublic.com dubbed the president a "chronic liar."
  • NY Times Report Contradicts Obama Claim that His Daughter was "Diagnosed with Meningitis" - Video

    09/19/2009 9:44:31 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 27 replies · 2,388+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | September 19, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video showing that President Obama either misrepresented the facts in telling a personal story about his daughter Sasha having been "diagnosed with meningitis," or he simply did not know the facts. At any rate, the New York Times reported: In her speech, Mrs. Obama also told the story of how her daughter Sasha would not stop crying when she was 4 months old. A doctor’s visit revealed she might have meningitis; she ultimately did not, but the illness produced a scare.Thankfully, she did not have meningitis. But why would Obama say she was "diagnosed with meningitis." This is...
  • Girl, two, dies after swine flu misdiagnosis

    08/09/2009 8:24:22 PM PDT · by altair · 18 replies · 908+ views
    UK Guardian ^ | Saturday 8 August 2009 01.08 BST | Jo Adetunji
    Child with possible meningitis was 'failed by system' say parentsThe parents of a two-year-old girl thought to have died from meningitis after they were told she was suffering from swine flu said yesterday that she had been "failed by the system". Georgia Keeling, from Norwich, died after being rushed to hospital on Tuesday. Her parents, Paul Sewell, 21, and Tasha Keeling, 22, said they contacted health services, including NHS Direct, the swine flu helpline and the emergency services, five times after their daughter first developed a temperature on Saturday. The couple said that by Tuesday she had also developed a...
  • Breakthrough in the treatment of bacterial meningitis

    06/25/2009 1:48:34 AM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies · 572+ views
    It can take just hours after the symptoms appear for someone to die from bacterial meningitis. Now, after years of research, experts at The University of Nottingham have finally discovered how the deadly meningococcal bacteria is able to break through the body's natural defence mechanism and attack the brain. The discovery could lead to better treatment and vaccines for meningitis and could save the lives of hundreds of children. Bacterial meningitis in childhood is almost exclusively caused by the respiratory tract pathogens Streptococcus pneumoniae, Neisseria meningitidis, and Haemophilus influenzae. The mechanism used by these lethal germs to break through the...
  • Teen Organ Donor's Gift Turns Tragic

    04/03/2008 11:20:14 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 41 replies · 354+ views
    www.cbsnews.com ^ | 04/03/2008 | Staff
    (CBS) Fifteen-year-old Alex Koehne died suddenly last year from what doctors thought was Meningitis. "He said, 'Mommy, am I going to die?', and I said, 'No baby, they're going to make you all better,' his mother, Lisa Koehne remembers. CBS News correspondent Nancy Cordes reports his devastated parents took some solace in knowing that his death would give others new life. His mother says organ donation is very important to the family. "Alex always knew what he wanted." Alex's liver went to a 52-year-old man. His pancreas to a 36-year-old woman. His kidneys went to two different men, one 46...
  • Second Meningitis Death In A Week Hits NYC Area

    01/25/2008 9:47:04 AM PST · by syriacus · 16 replies · 200+ views
    CBS News ^ | January 25, 2008 | CBS News Interactive: Healthwatch
    A Catholic school guidance counselor in New York City has died from bacterial meningitis, CBS station WCBS-TV reported. The New York City health department confirmed the counselor worked at St. Francis Preparatory High School in the Queens borough. The victim's identity has not yet been released. On Thursday, a Long Island high school senior also died suddenly from the deadly bacteria. Michael Gruber, a senior at Massapaequa High School, was taking midterm exams and joking with friends on Wednesday when he came down with a fever and chills. He was dead by Thursday afternoon. After his death, the school district...
  • Merck recalls 1 million doses of childhood meningitis vaccine

    12/12/2007 2:41:56 PM PST · by Westlander · 11 replies · 343+ views
    New Jersey.com & AP ^ | 12/12/2007, 4:46 p.m. EST | MIKE STOBBE
    ATLANTA (AP) — Merck & Co. is recalling about a million doses of a childhood vaccine, after testing showed a sterilization problem in a Pennsylvania factory.
  • (Vanity) Does anyone know anything about Neuro Lyme Meningitis.

    08/29/2007 11:11:48 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 31 replies · 1,377+ views
    My nephews are suffering from Neuro Lyme meningitis and I would appreciate any info. Thanks.
  • Meningitis/unknown disease kills 1,000 in south Sudan outbreak last week

    01/21/2007 4:45:29 PM PST · by DrGunsforHands · 41 replies · 2,516+ views
    Reuters ^ | 01/21/2007
    Meningitis outbreak kills 1,000 in south Sudan Sun 21 Jan 2007 7:47 AM ET JUBA, Sudan, Jan 21 (Reuters) - At least 1,000 people have died in one week in south Sudan's Warap state from meningitis and another unknown disease, state governor Anthony Bol Madut said in a statement sent to Reuters on Sunday. Emerging from Africa's longest civil war, south Sudan's infrastructure is almost non-existent and outbreaks of disease are frequent. A cholera outbreak last year killed 147 people. "There is an outbreak of meningitis and (an) unknown disease spreading fast throughout the state and there is fear it...
  • Kosovo Meningitis Epidemic Affects 250 People

    08/14/2006 7:14:18 AM PDT · by joan · 8 replies · 306+ views
    Red Orbit ^ | August 10, 2006
    Text of report by Radio-Television Kosovo TV website on 10 August More than 250 cases of meningitis have been reported so far. Children are most vulnerable, and then pass it on to their parents, said Dr Muharrem Bajrami of the infection ward at Prishtina [Pristina] hospital. The infection ward is full of parents whose children have been affected by the disease. The towns of Vushtrri [Vucitrn], Gllogoc [Glogovac] and Malisheve [Malisevo] have been the most affected areas by meningitis, although there are cases coming from all over Kosova [Kosovo], said Dr Bajrami. He added that extreme poverty was the main...
  • Dateline: A Routine Epidural Turns Deadly

    06/08/2006 6:41:42 PM PDT · by HungarianGypsy · 4 replies · 436+ views
    Dateline NBC ^ | June 4, 2006 | Lea Thompson
    Julie and Chris LeMoult were excited parents-to-be. Did a hospital infection turn the happiest day of their lives into a nightmare?
  • Intimate kissing raises teen's risk of meningitis

    02/10/2006 7:32:38 PM PST · by andie74 · 30 replies · 570+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Feb 10, 2006 10:15 AM ET | Wire
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In adolescents, intimate kissing with multiple partners, attending college, and a history of preceding illness are independent risk factors for meningococcal disease, whereas religious observance and meningococcal vaccination are tied to reduced risks, new research shows. Meningococcal disease -- a bacterial infection of the fluid within the tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord -- is largely a disease affecting children younger than 5 years, although in recent years both the US and UK have seen rising rates among teens. This trend served as a major stimulus for the development of the meningococcal vaccine, which...
  • College Student Died Of Meningococcal Infection

    10/28/2005 7:06:13 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 2 replies · 307+ views
    1010 WINS ^ | Oct 28, 2005 7:41 am US/Eastern
    (1010 WINS) BALTIMORE Tests show a Johns Hopkins University sophomore from Long Island who died earlier this week most likely had a meningococcal infection. Gilbert Duvalsaint of Searingtown, Long Island was taken by ambulance to a hospital Wednesday. His condition quickly deteriorated, and he died. The university says it first believed Duvalsaint had suffered an allergic reaction. But preliminary lab results now point to the infection. Meningococcal infections can lead to bacterial meningitis. But they spread only after very close contact. Campus authorities are contacting those close to Duvalsaint so they can begin taking antibiotics as a precaution. The 19-year-old...
  • FDA probes vaccine's tie to brain illness

    10/03/2005 12:19:23 AM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 667+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | September 30, 2005 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON -- The government is investigating five reports of teenagers who came down with a serious neurological disorder after receiving a new vaccine against meningitis. Doctors don't yet know whether the cases of Guillain Barre syndrome are related to the shot, called Menactra, or are coincidence, the Food and Drug Administration emphasized Friday. The government recommends the vaccine for adolescents and college freshmen living in dormitories, and FDA said there was no reason to change that advice - but it alerted the public as a precaution. Menactra protects against rare but devastating cases of bacterial meningitis. The shot is particularly...
  • To Vaccinate or Not? Sorting Out the Confusion Over Meningitis Shots

    06/29/2005 10:05:05 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 593+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 28, 2005 | DEBORAH FRANKLIN
    With summer closing in fast, Julie Kern was eager to squeeze in a routine medical checkup for her 12-year-old daughter before she headed off to camp in Massachusetts. But then the pediatrician surprised Ms. Kern. "The doctor said that if my daughter was planning to attend sleep-away camp, it was 'mandated by law' - those were the words she used - that she receive a meningitis vaccine," said Ms. Kern, who lives in New York. The doctor was wrong. There are no regulations - local, state or federal - that require campers to be vaccinated against meningococcal bacteria, a source...
  • Bacterial meningitis kills fourth-grader (Baltimore, Md)

    06/08/2005 11:39:23 AM PDT · by JZelle · 24 replies · 804+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 6-8-05 | Metro
    ELDERSBURG, Md. (AP) -- The Carroll County Health Department has notified the parents of fellow students and teammates of a 9-year-old girl who died over the weekend that the child had bacterial meningitis. The contagious disease affects mainly children and young adults. The bacteria infect the membrane that covers the brain and spinal cord and can cause serious blood infections. Bacterial meningitis is spread through contact with the saliva of an infected person. It can be contracted through kissing or by sharing a drink or an eating utensil.
  • Wider Student Use Is Urged for New Meningitis Vaccine

    05/30/2005 8:22:15 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 17 replies · 457+ views
    New York Times ^ | 5/27/2005 | LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended yesterday wider use of a new meningitis vaccine for adolescents and college freshmen. The vaccine, sold as Menactra by Sanofi Pasteur, protects against infections caused by meningococcal bacteria. Such infections include a form of meningitis that can be rapidly fatal. For the first time, the diseases center, a federal agency in Atlanta, recommended that all 11- and 12-year-olds be routinely immunized against meningococcal disease. The agency also recommended using Menactra to protect high school freshmen or children younger than 15, whichever comes earlier.
  • Meningitis shot urged for some students

    05/27/2005 10:23:49 AM PDT · by billorites · 8 replies · 299+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | May 27, 2005 | Lindsey Tanner Associated Press
    Meningitis can strike out of the blue and kill within hours. Leslie Meigs knows because she almost died of it six years ago, when she 8. That's why she wants kids to get the new shot. Federal officials and doctors agree wholeheartedly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics on Thursday recommended that more than 8 million U.S. children-- 11- to 12-year-olds, students entering high school and college freshmen headed for dorm life-- get the vaccination. Although meningococcal meningitis affects only about 3,000 people nationwide each year, it kills a fifth of adolescents who...
  • Kindergartener Dies From Meningitis

    03/07/2005 10:28:33 PM PST · by flutters · 3 replies · 402+ views
    NBC 4 Columbus ^ | March 8, 2005
    NEW HOLLAND, Ohio -- A Pickaway County kindergartener died over the weekend from a rare form of meningitis, NBC 4's Monique Ming Laven reported. The death came just several days after another young student in a neighboring district developed a case of bacterial meningitis, Laven reported. Dylan Slone, who was just days away from his sixth birthday, died Saturday from a form of bacterial meningitis. He attended New Holland Elementary School, which is in the Miami Trace School District. Dylan last attended school last Tuesday. His teacher said the county health department said that if the meningitis would have spread,...
  • Meningitis outbreak 'Controllable' (China)

    02/01/2005 1:31:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies · 251+ views
    China Daily ^ | 2005-02-02 | Liu Weifeng and Cao Desheng
    The current meningitis outbreak in parts of China is of a reasonable size and controllable, officials said. No new infections or deaths were reported yesterday. Sixteen people have been confirmed dead from the disease since January. "It's not necessary to panic," said Deng Haihua, a Ministry of Health (MOH) official. Cerebral-spinal meningitis, an acute infectious disease that spreads through the respiratory system, is not as contagious as the flu or the common cold, which usually occur during winter and spring, he said. The deaths of five students in East China's Anhui Province caused by the disease last month, has attracted...
  • Panel Reviews New Vaccine That Could Be Controversial

    10/26/2004 11:48:57 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies · 1,104+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 27, 2004 | GARDINER HARRIS
    A committee of experts meeting in Atlanta will debate today whether the government can afford to pay for a vaccine that could save the lives of nearly 3,000 people, many of them teenagers, from deaths caused over the next decade by a virulent bacterial meningitis. The price of the new vaccine will most likely be $80 a dose. Vaccinating all 40 million people from age 11 to 20, as some experts have suggested, would cost the government $3.5 billion next year. That is more than $1 million a life spared, far more than health officials are normally willing to spend....
  • 3 Passengers Die On Flights From Miami To London

    01/19/2004 8:16:46 AM PST · by EggsAckley · 84 replies · 465+ views
    local6.com ^ | Jan. 19, 2004 | n/a
    LONDON -- A 19-year-old British woman died Monday on board a Virgin Atlantic flight from Miami to London's Heathrow Airport, the airline said. A day earlier, two passengers on a British Airways flight from Miami to Heathrow died, including one from suspected viral meningitis. The Virgin Atlantic passenger, who was not identified, died on flight VS006 shortly before landing, a spokeswoman for the carrier said. She said crew had tried to revive her and a doctor had come forward to help, but the woman was pronounced dead on arrival at Heathrow, west of London. Police said the cause of death...
  • Meningitis-stricken teens attended same concert

    09/30/2003 1:01:43 PM PDT · by bicycle thug · 2 replies · 1,042+ views
    registerguard.com ^ | Sep 30 2003 | By Tim Christie
    A Eugene teen-ager killed by bacterial meningitis and a second one made critically ill by the same virulent disease attended the same punk rock show at the WOW Hall during the Eugene Celebration, public health investigators said Monday. Both 16-year-old Mani Shimada, who died last Thursday, and 15-year-old Christina Norton, who fell ill Sunday and is listed in critical condition, were sickened by bacterial meningitis. Also known as meningococcal disease, the illness can progress at a frightening pace and lead to death if not quickly treated. Both attended the Sept. 20 "Bloodstains Across Eugene" music show at the WOW Hall,...
  • 1 in 6 carries meningitis bug back from Mecca

    08/20/2002 1:03:44 AM PDT · by Prodigal Son · 8 replies · 220+ views
    Straits Times ^ | Aug 19, 2002
    RESEARCHERS here say that one in six Singaporean Haj pilgrims comes back carrying meningitis-causing bacteria - even though the pilgrims have been vaccinated. People carrying the virus risk passing the disease to their families back home. Researchers from Tan Tock Seng Hospital took swabs from the throats of 204 Malay pilgrims who sought vaccination against the bug before departing for Mecca, in Saudi Arabia, last year. Only one was carrying the bug. Upon their return from Mecca, 171 were re-tested, and this time, 29 were meningococcal carriers. Most of them were carrying the potentially-deadly W135 strain and six of them...
  • Death toll tops 1,000 in meningitis epidemic believed carried by Mecca pilgrims

    04/15/2002 8:45:02 AM PDT · by ex-Texan · 24 replies · 515+ views
    Reuters / Yahoo News ^ | 4/11/2002 | Brahima Ouedraogo
    Death toll tops 1,000 in meningitis epidemic believed carried by Mecca pilgrims By BRAHIMA OUEDRAOGO, Associated Press Writer OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso - Aid workers opened makeshift clinics in tents and schools Thursday, as hospitals overflowed with feverish victims of a meningitis strain reaching epidemic level for the first time in West Africa. The death toll in the impoverished, desert nation of Burkina Faso topped 1,000, the Health Ministry reported. "The situation is still worrying, because the number of victims is still going up," Health Minister Pierre Tapsoba said, touring one hospital treating meningitis patients in the capital, Oaugadougou. The Red...