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Update: R.I. Schools to Open After Health Scare

By Iamseven     Jan 7, 2007 in Health
Schools in three R.I. communities threatened by a meningitis/encephalitis scare decided to reopen school on Monday because health investigators found no link between a student who contracted meningitis and three others who were infected with encephalitis.
Officials are working to ensure that a scare like this never happens again so it is likely that more hand-sanitizing stations will be installed in these Rhode Island schools.
The closure came after a second-grader died of meningitis and three other students in other parts of the state contracted encephalitis.
School and state health officials decided to close the affected schools on Thrusday and Friday in order to search for a link between the case of meningitis and the cases of encephalitis.
Fortunately, the test results showed no link, as an infected student tested negative for mycoplasmic bacteria.
David Gifford, director of the state health department, said that an investigation by the state and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined that "there are no new cases of encephalitis in children, no increased levels of mycoplasma pneumoniae-associated illness and no concentration of that illness in any community."
Good to see.. a happy ending to the story in many ways.. now these communities can go on with their lives, and hopefully nothing of this kind will occur again.
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