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Hernando County seventh-grader has bacterial meningitis

COUNTYWIDE

Seventh-grader has bacterial meningitis

The Hernando County Health Department has received confirmation of a case of bacterial meningitis involving a seventh-grade student at West Hernando Middle School. Citing privacy policies, the department would not release the name of the student. Department spokeswoman Ann-Gayl Ellis said Friday that the student was being treated and that family members and other close personal contacts have been given preventive medication. School officials were notifying employees and parents of students at the school. Bacterial meningitis, spread primarily through intimate contact, is an infection of the fluid in the spinal cord and the fluid surrounding the brain. Symptoms include an intense headache, fever, nausea and stiff neck, loss of appetite, progressive drowsiness, vomiting, rash and, in severe cases, delirium and coma.

Relief from cold due this weekend

Hernando residents — and the plants and crops outdoors — are about to get some relief from the frigid temperatures of the past few mornings. The low was expected to approach freezing again early this morning. But highs over the weekend and into next week are forecast to be in the mid 70s, and nighttime lows should not fall below the mid 40s — or even 50 by midweek. The low temperature recorded early Friday morning by the National Weather Service at the Hernando County Airport was 19. The thermometer bottomed out at 18 at the University of Florida weather station near Nobleton.

RIDGE MANOR

Firefighters battle 50-acre brush fire

Firefighters spent about 21/2 hours Friday afternoon battling a brush fire covering about 50 acres in fields near the intersection of State Road 50 and U.S. 301. The cause of the fire was not immediately known, said Frank DeFrancesco, assistant chief for Hernando County Fire Rescue. County and state Division of Forestry firefighters battled the blaze after receiving the call about 3:30 p.m. It was brought under control about 5 p.m. Authorities closed U.S. 301 between SR 50 and the Pasco-Hernando county line for a period of time because of smoke.

SPRING HILL

Boat show to have models on display

The Suncoast Ship Model Society will host its annual boat show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Weeki Wachee Senior Citizens Club, 3357 Susan Drive. There will be more than 50 models on display. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. For information, call Ed Singer at (352) 797-0998.

Today's picks

American Cancer Society annual Cattle Barons' Ball: 6 p.m., Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill. Tickets are $100.

Antiques and Appraisal Fair: 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St., Brooksville. Admission is $5 for adults.

Hernando deaths

Detailed obituaries are published in Section B.

Hernando County seventh-grader has bacterial meningitis 02/06/09 [Last modified: Friday, February 6, 2009 8:09pm]
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