Chapel Hill student dies from meningococcal disease
Posted February 19, 2014
Chapel Hill, N.C. — 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 body aches
Severe flu-like symptoms
Counselors and extra nurses will be at the school tomorrow to help console students.