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Chapel Hill student dies from meningococcal disease

Posted February 19, 2014

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— An East Chapel Hill High School student died from meningococcal disease Wednesday.

The infection, which causes meningitis, is passed from person to person through oral and nasal secretions. It is not airborne.

Officials believe the 14-year-old student was exposed between Feb. 11-18. The victim’s symptoms developed Tuesday, officials said.

Officials have identified close friends of the victim who may have been exposed.

Signs and symptoms include:

Severe fatigue
Severe body aches
Severe flu-like symptoms

Counselors and extra nurses will be at the school tomorrow to help console students.


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  • Forthe Newssite Feb 20, 2014
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    I think I heard it was a girl this morning on the news but could be mistaken.

  • Mariann Byknish Feb 20, 2014
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    It doesn't mention whether it was a boy or girl. Even so, this is tragic for all .Prayers for the family , friends and students. Praying no one else contracts this,,,deadly

  • Anne Walker Feb 20, 2014
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    My best thoughts are with the student's family, friends, and everyone at the school.

  • tking282 Feb 20, 2014

    Wow....so sad, a parents worst nightmare...prayers going up for family during this sad time.

  • Forthe Newssite Feb 20, 2014
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    So very sad, and she died so quickly! Hope no one else contracts this.