School Addresses Meningitis Death

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Three people in Sedgwick County have died of bacterial meningitis since January. But health officials said today that only one of the victims suffered from a more contagious variety of the illness.

A spokeswoman for the Sedgwick County Health Department says a Sedwick County resident died in January, and two others died in February.

The person who died in January had a more contagious strain of bacterial meningitis, called neisseria meningitis.

The other two people, a man and a woman, died from a type of bacterial meningitis called streptococcus pneumoniae. It is not easily transferred from one individual to another.

One of the victims was School of the Magdalen teacher Emily Porter who died suddenly last week. School officials and doctors have sent a letter home to parents to let them know their children are safe.

Health officials say there isn't an outbreak.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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