yet another meningitis scare in Lorain County. It's the second one in less than three days, and the seemingly unrelated cases happened within a few miles of each other, 19/43 News' Harry Boomer reported.
In the latest possible case, doctors at Lorain Community Hospital said they believe that a tenth-grade science teacher at Lorain's Admiral King High School has contracted bacterial meningitis -- the most dangerous type of the deadly disease.
Despite the bad news, the school and health officials spent a lot of time over the last couple of days trying to inform students, and the community in general, that they should not avoid school or work. On Friday, it seemed that the message got across because Admiral King students showed up for class as usual.
The day before, the school sent students home with info packets for their parents, and on Friday morning, school and health officials held a second round of public information sessions for students of the 47-year-old teacher and their parents.
The teacher is expected to fully recover.
Just a couple of days prior to this latest meningitis scare,
a 3-year-old girl was suspected of having bacterial meningitis. The little girl attended Vincent Elementary School as part of the Head Start program. Vincent is just a few miles away from Admiral King.
The Lorain County Health Department said that meningitis has
still not been confirmed in either case, but that's not stopping parents of other children from getting nervous.
"If a 3-year-old child has the virus, maybe the rest of the students have the virus too," concerned parent Raphael Lopez said. "They play with each other. You never know."
As of Friday afternoon, t
he toddler was still in guarded condition at MetroHealth Medical Center, but her doctors said that she will be OK. As a precaution, all of her classmates and teachers were given antibiotics.
Meanwhile in Summit County, a 15-year-old Barberton High School student who came down with bacterial meningitis nearly two weeks ago walked out of Akron Children's Hospital on Tuesday.
Savanna Campbell almost died from the disease.
Savanna's mother, Carol Campbell, said that she first realized how sick her daughter was when she noticed a purple rash.
"Then she started talking some weird, awful stuff, just not making any sense," Carol said. "She said she was having trouble breathing and that was when I took her to Barberton emergency. That was pretty scary."