NC high school student dies from disease

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on February 20, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 20 at 2:17 PM

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Orange County health officials say a 14-year-old student at East Chapel Hill High School has died from an illness linked to meningitis.  

Officials said the student was in school Tuesday and died Wednesday. 

Health department officials said the student appears to have died from meningococcal disease that can cause several illnesses, including meningitis. 

The child's name has not been released. 

The health department sent letters to parents stating transmission of the disease in a classroom setting is rare. The letter says the bacterium can spread when people kiss or share drinks, food or cigarettes. 

Health director Colleen Bridger says the student may have been infectious and was in school Feb. 11, 12, 17 and 18. 

Fourteen people who may have had contact with the student are being treated with antibiotics.
 

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