Meningitis that killed North Side boy, 6, is not public threat, lab results show

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After receiving final lab results in the meningitis death of a North Side boy this week, the Allegheny County Health Department reaffirmed today that the public is not at risk.

The findings indicated that streptococcus bacteria were present, not meningococcus -- the type that causes a public health threat and calls for treatment of close contacts, county spokeswoman Amie Downs said.

After having been sick for several days, the boy was taken to Allegheny General Hospital, where he died a short time later, at 9 p.m. Wednesday, said Ronald Voorhees, acting chief at the Office of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

The Allegheny County medical examiner’s office said the boy, whose name has not been released, lived on Mount Pleasant Road. He was vaccinated, Dr. Voorhees said.

Lexi Belculfine: or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc.

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