City pupil with meningitis is `doing well'

May 28, 2004

A 7-year-old Hamilton Elementary School pupil who received a diagnosis of bacterial meningitis is in stable condition at the University of Maryland Medical Center, city Health Commissioner Dr. Peter L. Beilenson said yesterday.

"He's doing well," Beilenson said.

Over the weekend, the child became infected with neisseria meningitidis, a common form of bacterial meningitis, which is an infection of the fluid of the spinal cord and surrounding the brain, Beilenson said. Bacterial meningitis, which is contagious, can be severe and can cause brain damage, hearing loss or learning disability.

No other Hamilton pupils are being considered at risk, Beilenson said, because the disease is not spread by casual interaction, but by direct contact with discharges from the nose or throat of an infected person.

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