18 year old girl, died in a matter of hours killed deadly disease that can be contacted just by drinking after an infected person
Madison Small was 18 years old and went to Broad Run High School from Asburn. As well, she was the captain of the senior team.She was a very active person and she had never dealt with health issues.
The day the tragic event happened, she had no trace of strange symptoms, and it seems that she even interacted outdoors into some sportive activities with her father.
All of the sudden, during the night, the teen started feeling extremely sick, and she had to be taken to the hospital.In just a few hours Madison passed away at the hospital.
After analysing the case, the diagnostic for her death given by the medical experts was meningococcal meningitis which is an infection caused by different viruses, fungi or bacteria. The family of Madison have no clue how their daughter got infected, but they sad she had just returned from a on week vacation.
The most common symptoms of the disease are vomiting, feeling nausea and confused and an acute sensibility to light, according to reports of the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. Once contacting the disease, symptoms can appear between three to seven days.
People should know that this disease is highly contagious and can be contacted by using the same personal items, like the same glass or cup, lip balm and it can also people can’t infected trough kissing.
The Health Department has started an investigation in order to determine whether anyone else has contacted the disease and is at high risk, explained doctor David Goodfriend, the director of Loudoun County Health Department.
People should get educated on the deadly disease and should know that the best way to protect themselves and their children against the virus is to have all the recommended vaccines taken. Another prevention measure for meningococcal meningitis everybody should take, is to avoid sharing personal items and to wash their hands as often as possible.
It is critical for people to wash their hands especially before they are sitting down at the table, stated doctor Goodfriend.
During a speech held in front of Madison’s family, her colleagues and friends, her father shared with everybody a message about love. He said that life is very short and people should live it at its fullest by loving each other,as it is the most important thing.
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