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From the Nurses’ Office: Meningococcal Outbreak in Tijuana, Mexico

22 March 2013 admin 4,603 views One Comment Email This Post Email This Post Print This Post Print This Post

According to a letter from the County of Orange Public Health Epidemiology & Assessment Department, “There has been an outbreak of meningococcal infections in Tijuana, Mexico beginning in January of this year. No Orange County cases related to this outbreak have been identified thus far, though cases that appear to be related to this outbreak have been identified in other California counties. Because Orange County students and their families and friends may visit Tijuana or come in contact with persons who have, we would like to provide you with the following information about meningococcal infection.”

Click here to read the letter from the County in its entirety.

Click here to view the letter in Spanish.

 

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  • Jan Connon said:

    This horrific bacteria took the life of our otherwise completely healthy and athletic 18 year old son in just over 24 hours during his first two months attending USC after he graduated from SMES in 2002. Do not take this warning lightly. Have your children vaccinated and follow up with a booster as recommended by the CDC. If you send your children to camp or in close living quarters such as college dorms, they can be exposed to meningococcal bacteria.

    Despite the fact that we took him in to see the doctor both the night that he came down with a high fever and the following morning when the purple splotches began – the team of doctors in the ICU could not save our son. The current vaccine was not available then and we were not aware of this silent killer at the time. Protect your children.