Spokesperson: Local student dies from bacterial meningitis

PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) A student at a North Philadelphia high school died of bacterial meningitis, according to the Philadelphia School District.

A school district spokesperson says 15-year-old Jonathan Briggs, a 9th grader at George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science, passed away Tuesday after a brief illness.

The school district is in the process of figuring out who came in contact with the student. Then, they will decide if they need to see a doctor. Meningitis is spread through saliva and bloody fluids.

Counselors will be available to speak with students individually and in small groups as needed. A meeting was held Wednesday to answer parents' questions at the school. Before the meeting students released balloons in his memory.
Signs and symptoms of Bacterial Meningitis according to the CDC:
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Increased sensitivity to light (photophobia), and
  • Altered mental status (confusion).

The symptoms of bacterial meningitis can appear quickly or over several days. Typically they develop within 3-7 days after exposure.

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