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2nd Citadel student has bacterial meningitis, officials say

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Published On: Apr 03 2013 03:28:55 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 04 2013 05:22:49 PM CDT

Another student at the Citadel -- Reading's intermediate high school -- has been diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, officials said Wednesday.

READING, Pa. -

Another student at the Citadel -- Reading's intermediate high school -- has been diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, officials said Wednesday.

The school sent home a letter to parents informing them of the case, which is the second in the past two weeks.

The letter advised parents that there is no relationship between the two meningitis cases.

"This case of meningitis infection came from the normal bacteria within the student's own body," said Carlinda Purcell, the district's superintendent. "As a result, there is no risk of disease transmission risk to others and no additional precautions or measures need to be taken in the school or by the school district."

Common symptoms of bacterial meningitis include high fever, headache and stiff neck, health officials said, adding that the symptoms can develop over several hours or they may take one or two days.

Other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, discomfort looking into bright lights, confusion or sleepiness.

If your child develops any of these symptoms, officials said you should contact his or her private health care professional.