School Closed After Teen Dies of Bacterial Meningitis

Savon Smith, 16, was found dead by a parent on Monday, officials said

Tuesday, May 7, 2013  |  Updated 8:58 PM CDT
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School Closed After Teen Dies of Bacterial Meningitis

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There are vaccines for three types of bacteria that can cause meningitis.

While it's believed there's no risk to students or staff, Lindblom Math and Science Academy High School on the city's south side will be closed Wednesday after officials said a student died from a "non-contagious form of bacterial meningitis."

Principal Alan Mather said he learned Tuesday afternoon that 16-year-old Savon Smith had died a day earlier.

"While school is closed, officials will conduct a thorough review and school cleaning out of an abundance of caution," he said in a letter to parents.

He said there were no other known or reported cases of the illness at the school but warned parents to seek medical attention if a child develops symptoms that include a sudden onset of fever, headache, and/or stiff neck. Other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity to light, and an altered mental status/confusion.

Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett issued a statement saying "our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time."


 

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