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Tuesday
Nov222011

Case of Bacterial Meningitis Becomes Fatal for Boston Girl, 12

Comstock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- The Boston Public Health Commission confirmed Monday that a 12-year-old Boston girl, hospitalized for bacterial meningitis, has died.

The seventh-grader at Boston Latin Academy was hospitalized Friday with symptoms of the infection.  By Saturday, her parents received a recorded message informing them of their daughter's illness, ABC News affiliate WCVB-TV in Boston reports.

Though risk for transmission is low, City Public Health Department officials are working with school staff to identify students and faculty at the school -- which serves about 1,800 students -- who had close contact with the girl to be checked for symptoms as a precautionary measure, according to a spokesperson for Boston Public Schools.

Symptoms of bacterial meningitis include fever, headache, stiffness of the neck, vomiting, sensitivity to light and an altered mental state, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Superintendent Carol Johnson released a joint statement late Monday afternoon.

"At this difficult time our hearts ache for the family and friends of this young student," Mayor Menino said. "We mourn her loss and join with the Boston Latin Academy in this hour of grief."

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