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, http://www.tennessean.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to webmaster@wvlt-tv.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus

WVLT VOLUNTEER TV

6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 15627527 - local8now.com/a?a=15627527
Gray Television, Inc.