One case being tested, as classrooms and other areas cleaned with disinfectant. Parents notified via letter Thursday afternoon.
A case of meningitis at East Dover Elementary School in Toms River is being investigated, the first one reported in Ocean County this year. The affected student, whose name or grade was not released, was tested, and the school underwent a thorough disinfecting, officials said. A letter was sent home with every student and posted on the Toms River Regional Schools website. The last cases of meningitis that were reported in Ocean County were in two adults, one in April 2011 and one in May 2011, Ocean County Health Department spokesperson Leslie D. Terjesen. In January 2011, a 17-year-old Matawan Regional High School student died from bacterial meningitis. The spread of meningitis, an infection caused by a bacteria spread by close contact …
Advice from Steve Kairys, M.D. chairman of pediatrics at the Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, NJ
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Steven Kairys, MD, MPH is the Chairman, Department of Pediatrics at K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital and Jersey Shore University Hospital, both in Neptune, NJ. He offered this information about the disease on Saturday. Meningococcal disease (Meningococcemia) causes 2,000 to 3,000 cases a year. Meningococcus is a bacteria, and humans are its only reservoir. It can live dormant in the nasal passages for long periods without causing disease, but can be transmitted to another person. It occurs more frequently in young children, and there is also an increase in teens ages 15-19. Three or four strains of the bacteria cause disease. It is acquired by the respiratory route and can invade the bloodstream quickly. It causes septic shock, bruising…