In a follow-up to a report last week, the Sackville High School student in Lower Sackville, NS who contracted the dangerous bacterial infection, meningococcal meningitis, has died.
According to an announcement by Principal John Miller today, the student, a 10th grader at the school, had died this morning.
Our staff and students are deeply saddened by his death, and we wish to express our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family.
Our school counsellors and school psychologist along with other qualified school board staff will be available to the students today and in the coming days as needed. We have additional support areas set up in our school for anyone who may wish to talk. Please be prepared to allow your child to express his/her thoughts and feelings or to discuss this loss with you.
According to several tweets posted this morning, the student has been identified as Rylee Sears.
Meningococcal disease can refer to any illness that is caused by the type of bacteria called Neisseria meningitidis, also known as meningococcus. These illnesses are often severe and include infections of the lining of the brain and spinal cord (meningitis) and bloodstream infections (bacteremia or septicemia).
Meningococcus bacteria are spread through the exchange of respiratory and throat secretions like spit (e.g., by living in close quarters, kissing). Meningococcal disease can be treated with antibiotics, but quick medical attention is extremely important. Keeping up to date with recommended vaccines is the best defense against meningococcal disease.