Health advisory issued after 2 young kids diagnosed with meningococcal disease
BOSTON (WHDH) - City officials have issued a health advisory after two young children in Boston were diagnosed with meningococcal disease - an infectious disease that is caused by a bacterial infection.
In a statement Wednesday, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Public Health Commission issued an advisory, though they noted all individuals who are known to have been in contact with the kids have been identified and received antibiotics as a precautionary measure to reduce the risk of further infection.
Both cases have been associated with daycare centers specializing in serving children who have experienced homelessness - thought it's unclear if the two cases are connected.
The last date that either of the children were at one of the daycare centers was Oct. 18 and no secondary cases have been identified.
Health officials say the disease is spread from person to person through saliva, requiring close contact with infected individuals. Time from exposure to developing symptoms is between one to 10 days.
Symptoms develop rapidly and include nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity to light, and altered mental status or confusion.
Meningococcal disease has become less common in recent years, with between 10 to 15 reported cases statewide each year. There are several different forms of meningococcal disease, including infection of the blood and infection of the brain and spinal cord, known as meningitis.
Early detection and initiation of antibiotics for suspected meningococcal disease is critically important.
There are safe and effective vaccines available to prevent infection from the most common forms of meningococcal disease and residents are encouraged to speak with their health care provider about vaccination options.
Any resident with questions about meningococcal disease can call BPHC at (617) 534-5611.This is a developing news story; stay with 7NEWS on-air and online for the latest details. (Copyright (c) 2019 Sunbeam Television. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)
Mayor Martin Walsh and the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) today issued a health advisory after two young children in the city were diagnosed with meningococcal disease. Both cases were associated with day care centers
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