Bleckley student has bacterial meningitis | News
A Bleckley County high school student has been diagnosed with bacterial meningitis.
Dr. Lawton Davis of the South Central Health District says that at this point, there is no evidence that it has spread.
The Centers for Disease Control says bacterial meningitis is usually severe and can cause brain damage, hearing loss or learning disabilities.
Nationwide, they see on average more than 4,000 cases a year, including 500 deaths.
It can be contagious.
Bleckley County School Superintendent Charlotte Pipkin said the schools system has not notified parents of the case because the student apparently contracted the disease over the winter break and has not returned to school since then.
In an email to us, she wrote, "There is no indication of a public health threat at this time."
The CDC says that the most effective way to prevent certain types of bacterial meningitis is to complete the recommended vaccine schedule.
Related: See the risk factors for the disease