Orange County Schools Warned About Potentially Fatal Bacterial Infection

“There are no changes in recommendations on travel to Tijuana or Mexico,” the letter from the agency (PDF) stated. “But individuals traveling there should be aware of the recent reports of meningococcal disease and should promptly seek care for suggestive symptoms.”


Orange County public health officials are warning parents of students traveling to Tijuana about an outbreak of a deadly bacterial infection in the Mexican city. An 18-year-old Orange County student was diagnosed in February with Meningocococcemia and had six surgeries – and all four limbs amputated. Vikki Vargas reports from Orange for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on March 29, 2013.


Orange County public health officials are warning parents of students traveling to Tijuana about an outbreak of a deadly bacterial infection in the Mexican city.

Reports of meningococcal infections in Tijuana started in January, according to a letter sent out last week by the Orange County Health Care Agency. San Diego County schools were also warned.

The March 22 letter stated that no cases from the bacterial strain that causes the infections had been identified in the county, but had been elsewhere in California.

At least 18 cases of meningococcal disease have been reported in Tijuana since Jan. 4, and five people have died, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency’s Dr. Matt Zahn.

“There are no changes in recommendations on travel to Tijuana or Mexico,” the letter from the agency (PDF) stated. “But individuals traveling there should be aware of the recent reports of meningococcal disease and should promptly seek care for suggestive symptoms.”

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