Test Results Suggest There's No Meningitis Link

HURON, Ohio (AP) - A meningitis infection in a 9-year-old Woodlands Elementary School student is not related to the infection that killed a first-grader at the school, officials said.

Test results from the 9-year-old girl showed no sign of the bacterial form of meningitis that killed 7-year-old Hannah Edwards, according to a joint announcement from Huron schools, the Erie County Health Department and Firelands Regional Medical Center.

The announcement was based on test results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The test results came back negative, in contrast to a positive reading of meningitis for Hannah Edwards, Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Donald Smith said.

The 9-year-old girl, whose name was not released, appeared to have a viral form of meningitis, which is an infection in the fluid of the spinal cord and brain, Smith said.

After the case of suspected meningitis was reported Thursday, Huron schools, Firelands and the health department held three clinics for students and staff to receive preventative antibiotics.

Woodlands Elementary School was closed on Monday for a clinic and so staff could receive training about explaining the recent events to the students, who are in kindergarten to fourth grade.

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