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Zephyrhills High School student diagnosed with bacterial meningitis


Teen diagnosed with bacterial meningitis

A letter sent Wednesday to parents of Zephyrhills High School students said a student at the school was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis. Deanna Krautner, a spokeswoman for the Pasco Health Department, said federal privacy laws prevented her from releasing identifying information such as the student's name, age, gender or condition. She said health officials are working with the school "to try to identify any close contacts with the student where treatment might be recommended." Bacterial meningitis can cause brain and spinal cord damage. It is contagious and spread by close personal contact such as kissing, sharing a toothbrush or other household contact. Symptoms include high fever, a stiff neck or a severe headache. The Health Department can be reached at (727) 207-8141 or (352) 521-1450, ext. 344.


Driver, 57, dies when car flips

A 57-year-old Hudson driver was killed after losing control of a vehicle Monday night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Troopers said the unidentified driver died at the scene. The crash happened about 7 p.m. on westbound State Road 54, west of Evergreen Lane. Troopers said the driver entered the north shoulder of SR 54 and overcorrected, causing the 2003 Ford to flip several times and eject the driver. The driver was not wearing a seat belt. No more information was immediately available.


New city hall is topic of workshop

City officials will hold a workshop at 4 p.m. Tuesday to discuss options for a new city hall. Dade City received a setback last month when the federal government turned down the city's request for a $3 million grant to help build a new city hall-police station complex. But officials are looking at other options and have lined up a couple of potential properties that could be used for the expansion. Last week, commissioners approved a two-year option to buy an empty lot on Pasco Avenue for possible use as a parking lot. The city also lined up the right of first refusal to buy a lot owned by local residents Charles and Cynthia Waller. The contract secures the price of that property for up to five years, City Attorney Karla Owens said. The Wallers' property is priced at $56,000 plus closing costs and broker commissions. The next workshop will be at the City Hall annex, 14150 Fifth St.

Pasco deaths

Detailed obituaries appear daily in the Tampa Bay section.

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