Meningitis Case at East Hampton Middle School

Friday, Oct 12, 2012  |  Updated 6:18 PM EDT
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One student sent to hospital this week with the disease.

One student sent to hospital this week with the disease.

School officials in East Hampton have reached out to parents after a middle school student contracted meningitis.

East Hampton public schools learned on Wednesday that a student from East Hampton Middle School was admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with meningitis, according to a letter Supt. Kevin Reich sent to parents.

Schools immediately contacted the local health department, according to school officials, and they do not believe the case is one that requires antibiotic treatment for people who were in close contact.

"Please be aware that this is not related in any way to the multistate outbreak of meningitis associated with potentially contaminated steroid medications," Reich wrote.

“The local health department in conjunction with the state dept(.) of public health, monitored the situation and provided us with a letter to apprise parents of the situation,” the statement from schools says. “The custodial staff has thoroughly cleaned hard surfaces and surfaces where hand to hand contact has been made.”

For more about the disease, see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site.

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