Port Jervis student diagnosed with meningitis

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A student at a Port Jervis elementary school is fighting for his life after being diagnosed with bacterial meningitis.

Hamilton Bicentennial Elementary School Principal Sharon Dickstein says the boy went home sick last Monday. Thursday, she learned he had been diagnosed with meningitis, an infection of the brain and spinal cord. He is being treated in the intensive care unit at Westchester Medical Center.

Orange County Commissioner of Health Dr. Jean Hudson worked with the school to find those who had close contact with the boy. According to the health department, 25 students and staff members are taking antibiotics as a precaution.The principal says it is an isolated case and that the boy?s classroom has since been sanitized.

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