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Meningitis kills young girl in Surrey, B.C.

12/10/2013 05:54 EST | Updated 02/09/2014 05:59 EST
Fraser Health says a young Surrey girl, who was a kindergarten student at Sullivan Elementary School, passed away on the weekend after contracting meningitis.

Dr. Helena Swinkels, a medical health officer with Fraser Health Authority, said it is a tragic case but that there is no public health risk.

"The kind of meningitis that it is is not the one that people usually think of, the one that is passed easily from person-to-person," she said. "This is a less common kind of meningitis."

"We do not expect any other cases to be associated with this particular incident, and we are not recommending any public health follow-up," Swinkels said.

Officials do not know whether the type of meningitis that killed the girl is vaccine-preventable, but do know it was not meningococcal meningitis.

Meningitis is inflammation of the lining around the brain and spinal cord, and is is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection.

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