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RHONDA MATTHEWS RUSHED OVER TO IROQUOIS HIGH SCHOOL TODAY TO PICK UP HER DAUGHTER, HEATHER.

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(TAPE #=19:08) ((RHONDA: MY DAUGHTER'S HAD FEVER. SHE'S BEEN SICK--BEEN COUGHING))

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SOMETHING THAT REALLY CONCERNS RHONDA--SINCE SHE GOT THIS LETTER. IT'S A WARNING FROM THIS HIGH SCHOOL.. THAT ONE OF THE STUDENTS HERE IS CRITICALLY ILL..WITH BACTERIAL MENINGITIS.

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(TAPE #=20:50) ((RHONDA: I THINK THE SCHOOL SHOULD HAVE DONE A BETTER PROCEDURE IN GETTING THESE PAPERS HOME))

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TODAY, WE TALKED TO SCHOOL OFFICIALS. THEY SAY THEY'VE DONE EVERYTHING STRICTLY BY THE BOOK SINCE THEY WERE NOTIFIED FRIDAY.

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(TAPE #=1:07:31) ((ANTHONY: THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN IN CONTACT WITH ME DIRECTLY. I'VE ALSO BEEN IN CONTACT WITH THE BOARD TO MAKE SURE WE ARE FOLLOWING PROCEDURES))

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THE SCHOOL SENT A LETTER HOME WITH THE STUDENTS..BUT DIDN'T GIVE ANY PREVENTATIVE ANTIBIOTICS TO STUDENTS..JUST THE GIRL'S FAMILY MEMBERS.

DR. MICHAEL SILVERS OF THE JEFFERSON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAYS HE'S CONFIDENT STUDENTS AND TEACHERS WERE NOT EXPOSED.

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(TAPE #=1:01:31) ((DR. SILVERS: YOU HAVE TO HAVE FAIRLY CLOSE CONTACT WITH SOMEONE--INTIMATE CONTACT--SHARING FOOD--KISSING--THAT TYPE OF THING--I DON'T THINK THAT THE CLASSROOM SETTING JUST SITTING AROUND IN A CLASS TOGETHER WOULD PROVIDE SUFFICIENT ENOUGH EXPOSURE))

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STILL, THEY CAUTION PARENTS AND TEACHERS TO WATCH OUT FOR MENINGITIS SYMPTOMS...((TAKE GFX HERE)) LIKE FEVER, STIFF NECK, VOMITTING, HEADACHE, DROWSINESS AND HIGH TEMPERATURE. INSTRUCTIONS RHONDA MATTHEWS PLANS TO FOLLOW.

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(TAPE #=20:44) ((RHONDA: THAT'S MY BABY. YOU JUST CAN'T TAKE CHANCES ON YOUR KIDS. YOU JUST CAN'T DO IT.))

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