Just days after 15-year-old Sackville High School student, Rylee Sears died from the bacterial infection, meningococcal meningitis, another tragic death due to the serious disease occurred in the eastern province.

Meningitis symptoms/Public domain image/Mikael Häggström
Meningitis symptoms/Public domain image/Mikael Häggström

In a letter from Acting Regional Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Robert Strang, an unnamed female student from Wolfville’s Acadia University passed away from the infection.

Strang says the laboratory is working on identifying the type and strain of bacteria.

Public Health considers the risk to others at Acadia community low because this disease is not spread through casual exposure or through the air. Public Health takes meningitis seriously, and will continue the process of contacting anyone who may have been in direct contact with the infected student.

Bacterial Meningitis is an infection that is spread by direct contact with secretions from the nose and mouth of an infected person. The infection can be in the blood (meningococcemia) or in the lining of the brain and spinal cord (meningitis).

Anyone can get bacterial meningitis. It is spread by direct contact with secretions from the nose and mouth through activities such as kissing, sharing food, drinks, water bottles, toothbrushes, eating utensils or cigarettes.

Symptoms may include: fever, headache, change in the level of alertness and/or altered mental state, stiff neck, rash, nausea, vomiting and increased sensitivity to light.

Bacterial meningitis can be treated with antibiotics. Early diagnosis and treatment are important. If symptoms occur, contact your family doctor or visit the nearest emergency department to you immediately.

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