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Montgomery County Youth With Contagious Illnesss

8-year-old boy has been hospitalized with a meningococcal infection, prompting the Perkiomen Valley School District and Montgomery County Health Department to issue invasive-infection warnings.

The boy, a third grader at Skippack Elementary School, remained hospitalized Wednesday in stable condition, said county spokesman Frank Custer.

Meningococcus can lead to potentially fatal bacterial infections of the blood or meningitis, an inflammation of the brain. The infection is highly contagious and spreads through fluids of the nose or throat.

Anyone who has come in close contact with a meningococcal patient – sharing food or drinks, hugging, kissing, or standing nearby when the patient coughs or sneezes – is advised to begin antibiotics immediately.

Symptoms of meningococcus vary by age and type of infection but may include vomiting, diarrhea, fever and chills, severe fatigue, joint pain, loss of consciousness, or rash, according to the Health Department.

For questions, please contact a doctor or the Health Department at 610-278-5117. – Jessica Parks
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20140313_Montco_third-grader_suffers_from_contagious_infection.html#XLYVrbuLkqYye1cw.99

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