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Yough schools see no new meningitis cases

| Monday, May 14, 2012, 9:00 a.m.

The superintendent of the Yough School District says no additional cases of bacterial meningitis have been reported since a seventh-grade student was diagnosed earlier this month.

Superintendent Dr. Paul Rach said Monday the boy, who was admitted to Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh's Oakland section, has been discharged and is 'doing very well.' Rach said the boy is expected to return to classes in about a week.

He said the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported no new cases in the Yough district. The seventh-grader had attended classes for one and a half days before being diagnosed and had limited contact with other students. The disease cannot be spread through casual contact.

The state Department of Health administered preventative antibiotic treatment to those close to the boy.

Bacterial meningitis is an infection of fluid in the spinal cord and brain that may result in brain damage, hearing loss or learning disability. The disease can be treated with antibiotics if early diagnosis is made.

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