Teen Diagnosed with Bacterial Meningitis; Hundreds of Students at Risk

Lake County, OH - A 19 Action News Health Alert.

A high school girl has been hospitalized with bacterial meningitis.

Bacterial meningitis is a contagious disease - spread by direct contact.

The girl attends Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School and is on the gymnastics team.

Health officials tell 19 Action News they are especially concerned about her 50-gymnastics teammates from all over Northeast Ohio.

According to the Lake County Health Director, the girl attended a big Valentine's Day party were students were kissing and drinking beer from the same cup and playing a game called Beer Pong.

Students at the party were from four different high schools so now there is an increased risk that hundreds - if not thousands - of kids could become infected.

Letters have been sent home to the following schools warning parents about bacterial meningitis and symptoms to watch out for....

In Lake County, Mentor High School, Lake Catholic High School and Willoughby High School.

In Geauga County, West Geauga High School, Westwood Elementary School, Lindsey Elementary School and Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin High School.

In Cuyahoga County - Chagrin Falls High School.