NC high school student dies after contracting bacterial meningitis

Teenager dies from bacterial meningitis

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A Stanly County high school student has died after contracting bacterial meningitis, according to Stanly County school district officials.

Tasha Edwards says people should know the signs and symptoms of meningitis before its too late. She confirms that it was her 15-year-old, who was a sophomore at South Stanly High School.

Jaden’s mom describes her son as a trooper because he beat cancer back in 2015. The 15-year-old spent years in and out of hospitals getting chemo and going through radiation treatment.

Doctors were no strangers to Jaden’s family, but meningitis seemed to be. His mom, who wasn’t emotionally ready to go on camera, says doctor’s didn’t say her son had meningitis at first, they thought it was the flu. More tests were done, and that’s when doctor’s told the family Jaden had pneumonia which turned into meningitis.

Jaden had six siblings – he was the second youngest. He loved lacrosse, and his mom says he was smart and always stood up for the little guy.

His mom also says her son was up to date on all of his vaccinations.

In a note the school system sent home to parents, school officials say the student, is believed to be the only confirmed case of bacterial meningitis.

“While we strongly believe this was a single occurrence of the disease, we wanted to ensure all parents were made aware of the situation so they could respond to any health issues in a timely manner,” said a statement sent home to parents.

The school district has already contacted the Health Department, who informed the school there are no preventative measures the school needs to take.

“As a precaution, we will be sending home information on bacterial meningitis with your student,” the statement reads. “If you believe your student exhibits any symptoms related to bacterial meningitis please consult with your health care provider immediately.”

Here is the entire statement sent home to parents:

Parents, this message is to inform you that there has been a confirmed case of bacterial meningitis at South Stanly High School. We have been in touch with our local Health Department who indicated that, at this time, there are no preventative measures the school needs to take. However, as a precaution, we will be sending home information on bacterial meningitis with your student. If you believe your student exhibits any symptoms related to bacterial meningitis please consult with your health care provider immediately. While we strongly believe this was a single occurrence of the disease, we wanted to ensure all parents were made aware of the situation so they could respond to any health issues in a timely manner. If you have any questions, you may contact our school nurse by calling the school.
Stanly County School District

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