Health officials suspect 10-year-old middle Tennessee girl died of meningitis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Health officials are investigating a suspected fatal case of meningitis after a 10-year-old Nashville girl died.

Metro Health Department spokesman Brian Todd said the Margaret Allen Middle School student was pronounced dead after arriving at Vanderbilt University Medical Center around 4 a.m. Wednesday.

Police identified the girl as Keameria Scruggs of Antioch.

Bacterial meningitis is an infection of fluid in the spinal cord and brain. High fever, headache, and stiff neck are common symptoms.

Todd said it's highly unlikely that other students who were infected, but the infection can spread through saliva-sharing contact.


Information from: The Tennessean,

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