Quantcast

CHAPEL HILL: 14 on antibiotics after contact with ECHHS student - Greenville, NC | News | Weather | Sports - WNCT.com

14 on antibiotics after contact with ECHHS student

Posted: Updated:
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -

The Orange County Health Department says 14 people who came in contact with an East Chapel Hill High School student who died Wednesday of a bacterial infection are on antibiotics.

School officials said on Wednesday that a 14-year-old student died from what was presumed to be Meningococcal disease. Meningococcal disease is a bacterial infection caused by the same bacteria that can cause Meningitis.

Orange County Health Director Colleen Bridger said nurses were able to trace the student's contacts and inform those who came in contact with the 14-year-old boy.

In a letter to parents, the school said the student may have been infectious at school Feb. 11, 12, 17 and 18.

"If a person is infected, symptoms usually start within three to four days of exposure but can take as long as 14 days to begin," the school said.

The Orange County Health Department said the boy presented the first symptoms on Tuesday.

Bridger said the disease is not easily spread, and a person would have to come into contact through the infected person's saliva during the infected period.

Bridger said Thursday that it is hard to know where the bacteria came from.

Students leaving the high school told WNCN that counselors were on hand Thursday to comfort those distraught by the sudden loss.

"It's a really sad experience for the whole student body," said student Collin MacClennan. "We are all a huge family. [We will] get through this together."

Fellow student Alan Liu said, "I know a few kids that played basketball with him. I know he was a good guy."

Students say the victim had recently moved to town and was new to the school.

His name has not been released.

RELATED STORIES

  • NewsMore>>

  • Stedman man charged with manufacturing meth

    Stedman man charged with manufacturing meth

    Thursday, August 21 2014 1:57 PM EDT2014-08-21 17:57:44 GMT
    TimpeTimpe
    A Stedman man has been arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said Thursday.Deputies had been searching for 32-year old Joseph Allen Timpe since an illegal drug lab was discovered at his residence in mid-July when Cumberland County Sheriff's Deputies, members of the State Bureau of Investigation and North Carolina Probation and Parole Office raided the location in Stedman, shut down the lab, and began their search for Timpe.On July 16, ...
    A Stedman man has been arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said Thursday.Deputies had been searching for 32-year old Joseph Allen Timpe since an illegal drug lab was discovered at his residence in mid-July when Cumberland County Sheriff's Deputies, members of the State Bureau of Investigation and North Carolina Probation and Parole Office raided the location in Stedman, shut down the lab, and began their search for Timpe.On July 16, ...
  • Ebola patients Brantly, Wrightbol cured, released from hospital

    Ebola patients Brantly, Wrightbol cured, released from hospital

    Thursday, August 21 2014 1:47 PM EDT2014-08-21 17:47:30 GMT
    A doctor at the hospital that treated two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa says their discharge poses no public health risk.
    A doctor at the hospital that treated two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa says their discharge poses no public health risk.
  • UNC police investigating 2 dorm room burglaries

    UNC police investigating 2 dorm room burglaries

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:30 PM EDT2014-08-21 16:30:22 GMT
    File photoFile photo
    UNC campus police are investigating two burglaries that occurred Wednesday morning in Ehringhaus Residence Hall.
    UNC campus police are investigating two burglaries that occurred Wednesday morning in Ehringhaus Residence Hall.
Powered by WorldNow

3221 South Evans Street
Greenville N.C. 27834

Telephone: 252.355.8500
Fax: 252.355.8568
Email: newsdesk@wnct.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.