Health department investigates possible meningitis death

Posted at 6:35 PM, Aug 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-24 19:27:28-04

GOOCHLAND, Va. -- Health department officials are investigating a possible Meningitis death in Goochland County.

CBS 6 has learned it occurred at Hallmark Youth Care, a facility for adolescents with behavioral issues.

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Hallmark Youth Care

Health Department officials confirm they know meningitis is at least in the facility. They have diagnosed a second patient at Hallmark with viral meningitis however they expect that person to be okay.

"I want to make sure the community is not alarmed, we don't believe this is an illness that is spreading," Dr. Parham Jaberi with the Chesterfield Health Department said.

Meningitis was thrust in the regional spotlight after a three year old reportedly died from the disease less than two weeks ago in New Kent County.

Jaberi said he doesn't not think the area is experiencing an outbreak and they have no reason to believe the Goochland and New Kent cases are linked.

Dr. Parham Jaberi with the Chesterfield Health Department

Dr. Parham Jaberi with the Chesterfield Health Department

"We don't have any information that suggests in anyway these two cases are connected," Jaberi added.

Symptoms of Meningitis include pain in the neck, sensitively to light, fatigue, and nausea. Anyone with the symptoms who believes they have meningitis is urged to seek immediate help.

The Chickahominy Health District serves New Kent, Hanover, Charles City and Goochland.

CBS 6 has learned parents of Hallmark patients have been informed and that it the building has been sanitized so it can remain open.