Local & Regional
Thu March 11, 2010
By Associated Press/KWGS News
Oologah, OK – 2 students die of meningitis-related illness OOLOGAH, Okla. (AP) State and Rogers County health officials say two Oologah-Talala elementary school students have died of a disease related to meningitis. A 7-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl died Wednesday and Thursday of meningococcal disease. Health officials say four other children in the area have become ill with symptoms and are hospitalized. Superintendent Rick Thomas says the school is closed Friday and will be closed next week for spring break. Antibiotics are being offered at the school to students, staff and those who have had close contact with those affected. Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.
Statement from Emergency Management in Oologah from Thursday night
*The clinic providing antibiotics for at risk individuals closed shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday, and will reopen at 9 a.m. Friday. All classes and other events on the Oologah-Talala campus for Friday have been canceled. Spring break was scheduled to begin at the end of the day and will be observed as scheduled. *Over 600 individuals were provided with antibiotics today. Exact figures will be released Friday morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. *Children who attend the Oologah-Talala Lower Elementary school or who have ridden on Bus Nos. 1, 7, 12 or 17 are asked to visit the clinic Friday at the Lower Elementary Gym on the south end of the campus.