Health Concerns Arise After Bacterial Meningitis Death At LAUSD School

Health concerns arise after a bacterial meningitis death at a Los Angeles Unified School District campus in South Gate.

Understandably, parents of students at the school are furious and upset after not being notified about the teacher’s condition.

CBS Los Angeles reports that at 7 a.m. Monday morning there several angry parents protesting outside of Montara Avenue Elementary School. The concerned parents were demanding more information and action from the school district.

The third grade teacher Ramona Gedney, of Huntington Park, died last week according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.

Reportedly she died from a bacterial meningitis infection. Bacterial meningitis is spread through direct contact with a person’s saliva, usually by kissing or coughing.

A written statement from the school district reads in part: “Public Health is working closely with LAUSD and the affected school to ensure the appropriate school contacts and other close contacts of the patient are identified and receive preventive antibiotics, and that information about meningococcal disease is available to the school community.”

There was an emergency meeting that was held Friday night.

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