5-year-old girl hit with meningitis

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SCARBOROUGH (AP) – A 5-year-old girl contracted bacterial meningitis, and her family and seven others are being treated with antibiotics as a precaution, officials said.

The child, who’s a student at Eight Corners Primary School in Scarborough, is doing well and responding to treatment, officials said.

Six to 12 Mainers get this form of meningitis every winter and there’s no reason for people to be overly concerned, said Dr. Dora Anne Mills of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Augusta.

But the condition can be dangerous if untreated. A Bangor woman who was a student at the University of New Hampshire died earlier this month from bacterial meningitis.

People should call a doctor if they have symptoms like high fever, stiff neck, headache, rash or nausea and vomiting, Mills said.

AP-ES-01-17-07 1216EST

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