Area parents are concerned about a case of meningitis that killed a Blakely, Georgia boy earlier this week.
At first Georgia Health officials thought the four-year-old boy died from a blood infection that has symptoms resembling meningitis.
But shortly before 2 p.m. Wednesday, they confirmed that he died from memingococcal meningitis.
Many area doctors have received calls from parents whose children may have had contact with the little boy.
There are vaccines for the three different types of meningitis. However, the vaccine for the strain that killed the little boy is not given very often.
Doctors warn parents to be on the lookout for symptoms such as severe headaches, stiffness in the neck, a high fever or a rash that looks like bleeding under the skin.
Georgia health officials have also confirmed his sister has been diagnosed with neisseria meningitis and has been reported to be doing well.
Apparently the young boy had been in Dale County all day Saturday. He attended a car wash and a church fair.
According to a Dale County woman who was at Cedar Grove Baptist Church and whose son is on medication for meningitis exposure, the young boy was bobbing for apples with other children.
Parents became concerned because of the possible exchange of saliva.
Dale County health officials told parents they do not believe the children will catch the disease, even though they took part in the activity, but they are treating those who came into extremely close contact with the boy.
Health officials are encouraging anyone who believes they could have been exposed or has any concerns to give them a call at 334-774-5146.
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Source: http://www.meningitis.org/index.html (the Meningitis Research Foundation Web site)
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