Girl, 5, dies of possible meningitis

Nov. 14, 2013 @ 11:19 AM

A 5-year old girl, a student at Mount Zion Christian Academy, died Wednesday from what is being reported as a possible case of meningitis.
The school was closed Thursday while officials took steps to disinfect the building.
The girl reportedly attended school Tuesday, where she came down with a high fever.  
The school community learned about her death Wednesday morning.
According to the Centers for Disease Control’s website, meningitis is a disease caused by the inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord known as the meninges.
The inflammation is usually caused by an infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord.
Meningitis may develop in response to a number of causes, usually bacteria or viruses, but meningitis can also be caused by physical injury, cancer or certain drugs.
The severity of illness and the treatment for meningitis differ depending on the cause.